Goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne has left Western Sydney Wanderers and signed with table-topping A-league rivals Sydney FC on an 18-month deal.
Redmayne was released from his Wanderers contract with immediate effect on Monday morning after 31 matches in the red and black and was announced as the Sky Blues’ first signing of this transfer window barely an hour later.
The move had been on the cards for some time with Redmayne making the switch as part of a trade deal between the clubs, with wantaway Sky Blues gloveman Vedran Janjetovic controversially heading in the opposition direction.
Redmayne, 27, who lost his No.1 spot at the Wanderers after coming under fire for early-season errors, is set to become Danny Vukovic's back-up at the Sky Blues under his first goalkeeping coach John Crawley.
“I’m delighted to be joining the leading club in the country and excited to be working with John Crawley and Danny Vukovic again, as well as Graham Arnold,” Redmayne said.
“Crawley is a fantastic coach I've been lucky enough to work with JC at NSWIS and Central Coast Mariners. His successful track record of developing and maximising goalkeepers’ potential is second to none.
“It will be fantastic to play alongside Danny again who is having a great season and I know he and I will bring the best out of each other in competition for the number one spot.”
Redmayne has won two A-League titles and a Premier’s Plate with Brisbane Roar and played in last year’s grand final for the Wanderers.
He has also made over 30 appearances for Young Socceroos and Olyroos and goes straight into the squad to face the Central Coast Mariners this weekend.
Arnold praised Redmayne's experience which he hoped would keep Vukovic on his toes.
“Andrew Redmayne has over 100 games in the A-League and in national teams and will provide genuine competition to Danny Vukovic,” he said.
“He is a great addition to our squad and I look forward to working with him.”
Wanderers chief executive John Tsatsimas thanked Redmayne for his service.
"He always conducted himself in the most professional manner and he is of the game's real gentlemen," Tsatsimas said.
"We wish him the very best in the next stage of his career."