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Wanderers sign Argentine star Martinez

  • Wanderers sign Argentine star Martinez

    NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 30: Wanderers fans show their support during the FFA Cup ROUnd of 16 match between Edgeworth FC and the Western Sydney Wanderers at Magic Park on August 30, 2016 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

Western Sydney have signed Argentine midfielder Nicolas Martinez on an A-League loan deal from Olympiacos in Greece.

Joining the Wanderers as a marquee player, the 28-year-old attacking midfielder will wear the No.10 jersey for the Red and Black.

With more than 160 first-team appearances, Martinez began his career in South America before moving to Europe with Real Murcia in Spain.

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Martinez is the first Argentine to join the Wanderers and the third South American including the second to join this off-season after Uruguayan Bruno Piatares.

He said Wanderers coach Tony Popovic was instrumental in his decision to sign.

"I spoke with the coach and, after that, my decision was clear," Martinez said.

"I know that in 2014, they won the AFC Champions League and, last season, were only one point off first place.

"I'm very happy. After a long wait, it's happened and now I'm focusing on working with the team."

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