In the space of a short week the Western Sydney Wanderers have lost both their head coach and now one of their veteran defenders.

The A-League strugglers today confirmed that Tarek Elrich has left the club to ‘pursue another opportunity’, with reports emerging that Perth are keen on signing him.

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Elrich has made 103 A-League appearances over four years

According to , Glory boss Tony Popovic is in the process of bolstering his squad and has his sights set on the 33-year-old.

Growing up in Sydney’s west, Elrich was one of the Wanderers’ first signings back in 2012 and went on to make 39 appearances for the club.

“I’m never good with goodbyes but it’s time for me to move onto a new adventure,” he said.

“I just wanted to say thank you to everyone. This club obviously means a lot to me being one of the first players signed and then for the club to bring me back last season.





“I love this place and it will always have a special place in my heart.

“To the members and fans, you have been nothing but amazing and are definitely the best fans in the league. You make our jobs easier when you make all the noise out there and thank you for supporting me through my journey here.”


The former Newcastle Jets and Adelaide defender has made just five appearances this season for the Wanderers and is due to come off contract at the end of the campaign.

In Popovic’s eyes, he’s the perfect replacement for the injured Dino Djublic.