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Beauchamp named Wanderers skipper

21 September 2012 07:07

Western Sydney Wanderers have announced defender Michael Beauchamp as the club's inaugural captain.

Beauchamp - who grew up in Wakeley in Sydney's south-west - joined the club from cross-town rivals Sydney FC after making 28 A-League appearances last season.

Beauchamp is an experienced A-League player, having played 73 games with Sydney, Melbourne Heart and Central Coast Mariners.

The 31-year-old, who has 23 caps for Australia, was delighted at receiving the captain's armband on Friday.

"It's a huge honour to be handed the armband to wear at any club but it is certainly that little bit more special to receive it for a club in its foundation year that represents everything about my boyhood days and dreams," Beauchamp said.

"I don't expect to change too much about the way I approach my preparation and play as I'd like to think that I put in 110 percent into everything I do. I'm definitely a leader by my actions and I’m someone who will motivate on the pitch in the heat of the battle.

"I am a local boy and it goes to show that no matter what background you come from, the sacrifices you make as a youngster do pay off. I'm proud to have grown up in this community and to now represent it is something that I take great pride in."

Wanderers coach Tony Popovic has been impressed with Beauchamp in pre-season and said it was an easy decision to make.

"Michael is a leader, he is an experienced player who has played in many parts of the world and will lead our young squad with plenty of passion," Popovic said.

"Playing at the back of the field, Michael will control things from there and is a great organiser on the field."

The Wanderers open their 2012-13 A-League campaign with a home fixture against Central Coast at Parramatta Stadium on October 6.

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