Sydney FC goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne lauds talent across 12 A-League teams ahead of the World Cup


Sydney FC goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne lauds talent across 12 A-League teams as interest locally increases ahead of the World Cup in Qatar next month

  • A-League is off and running, with the standard impressing many football fans
  • Sydney FC goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne said talented recruits have been key
  • Ex-Manchester United winger Nani is A-League’s marquee player this season 
  • Likes of Jamie Maclaren and Mat Leckie have stood out with World Cup looming
  • Socceroos boss Graham Arnold will soon pick his final 26 players for Qatar 
  • Click here for all your latest international sports news at Daily Mail Australia

Sydney FC shot-stopper Andrew Redmayne has praised the A-League for their impressive off-season recruitment drive which has resulted in more eyes on the competition after three rounds.

With the World Cup in Qatar just 24 days away, football fans in Australia are currently on cloud nine.

The national competition – which also features Wellington Phoenix from New Zealand – currently features the likes of former Manchester United star Nani at Melbourne Victory and one-time EPL striker Charlie Austin at Brisbane Roar.

Both have already showed glimpses of their class, with Austin opening his goal- scoring account last start against Western Sydney Wanderers.

Ex-Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson has been a key figure for the resurgent Newcastle Jets, while x-factor Daniel Arzani is lighting up Dwight Yorke’s Macarthur FC after a few years hampered by injuries.

Sydney FC shot-stopper Andrew Redmayne has praised the A-League for their impressive off-season recruitment drive

Former EPL striker Charlie Austin (pictured above) is the main man for Brisbane Roar

Former EPL striker Charlie Austin (pictured above) is the main man for Brisbane Roar

With Graham Arnold still to name his final Socceroos World Cup team, Jamie Maclaren and Mat Leckie have turned heads with ladder leaders Melbourne City as they seek a spot in his final squad of 26. 

‘The new players have been amazing,’ Redmayne, who is tipped to be in the Socceroos’ squad following his heroics versus Peru in June, told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Guys like Nani, who has done so much in the game, he puts bums on seats.

‘It looks to be an even competition early on, the talent from all 12 clubs is evenly spread.’

Redmayne also believes the revamped Allianz Stadium couldn’t have come at a better time for Sky Blues fans and his teammates.

After a few seasons playing at Jubilee Stadium in Sydney’s south, the players are relishing a return to their spiritual home.

Former Manchester United winger Nani is the marquee of the A-League and has caught the eye for Melbourne Victory

Former Manchester United winger Nani is the marquee of the A-League and has caught the eye for Melbourne Victory

In this weekend’s round four action, the Wanderers and Jets open proceedings at Commbank Stadium on Friday night.

Both sides are unbeaten, with the hosts proving tough to break down under the coaching of former defender Marko Rudan.

Austin’s Roar then entertain Nani’s victory to kick-off Saturday’s matches, with Central Coast Mariners then locking horns with Western United.

The feature match on Saturday sees Macarthur FC take on a wounded Sydney FC, who won’t be able to call on the services of injured trio Jack Rodwell, Alex Wilkinson and Adam Le Fondre.

Sunday’s games start with Adelaide on home soil versus Perth, with the clash between Melbourne City and Wellington Phoenix the final match from 5pm. 

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