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Vidosic to put old Reds friendships aside

  • Vidosic to put old Reds friendships aside

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 24: Dario Vidosic of the Wanderers poses with fans after winning the A-League Semi Final match in extra time between the Western Sydney Wanderers and the Brisbane Roar at Pirtek Stadium on April 24, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

He scored the semi-final winner against former side Brisbane, now Western Sydney marquee Dario Vidosic will spend this week poking the Adelaide bear before facing old Reds teammates in the A-League grand final.

Vidosic sealed the Wanderers' course to the season-decider against Adelaide United, where he also plied his trade from 2011 to 2013 before heading to Switzerland.

The win set his new team on course to Sunday's showdown at a likely sold-out Adelaide Oval.

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"Now it's onto another club that I'm very familiar with and had a great time with," Vidosic said.

"I've already said congratulations to (Adelaide's) Brucey (Djite), and he texted me the same.

"But we'll stop with that now, and the messages will turn a little bit more at each other.

"I'll try to poke the bear with Brucey.

"But we're really looking forward to it.

"I've still got a lot of friends there within the team, but that'll all be put aside as the old cliche goes."

Adelaide holds a special place in Vidosic's heart, not just for the friends he made but also the success it brought to his fledgling career.

With 51 appearances and eight goals for the Reds as a young attacking midfielder he came of age with the club.

That was until 2013, when at the start of the Josep Gombau era, Vidosic - by then a valued commodity - was snapped up by Swiss side FC Sion where he endured two troubled seasons plagued by injury and exile.

Now back to full fitness and riding on confidence from last weekend's stunning performance, the 29-year-old is yearning to win both his and Western Sydney's first title.

He said the playing group was driven to claim what they couldn't in two previous grand final appearances.

"They've been very close twice, but we feel it's our time now," he said.

"We're really looking forward to another great challenge.

"We would have loved to have hosted it, but we're very confident to go to Adelaide Oval as well.

"It'll be a spectacle. It's been revamped, and it's going to be fantastic.

"They're a very football-loving city as well so I'm sure it will be sold out ... that's what we want as footballers and what we put in all the hard work for."

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