Gombau begins his shake-up

03 January 2018 21:08:57 GMTPlus11

Boss Josep Gombau has started his mid-season shake-up of Western Sydney Wanderers by releasing two players.

As the transfer window opened, both Jumpei Kusukami and Jacob Melling had their contracts terminated.

Gombau picked up just his second win in seven games since taking over as Wanderers coach when they beat Melbourne City in what was also their first home victory of the season.

It has relieved some of the pressure on the Spanish coach and now he's setting about building his own squad.

More players over the coming weeks are expected to be told they don't fit Gombau's style, freeing up salary cap space to allow Wanderers to bring in new recruits.

Kusukami's exit comes after he reacted angrily to being substituted in the win over City on New Year's Day, having himself come off the bench. He is expected to return to the J-League with Shimizu S-Pulse.

Kusukami's release opens an import slot on the club's previously full roster. He joined Western Sydney in 2016 from Sagan Tosu and made 38 appearances overall, scoring four goals.

Melling is due to sign for Central Coast this week, subject to a medical, having played just three times since joining Wanderers in 2016 from Melbourne City.

The former Australia U-17 international started his A-League career with Adelaide United in 2012, signing for City two years later and making 36 appearances.

Former Wanderers coach Tony Popovic signed him together with City team-mate Jack Clisby just before the 2016-17 season.

Western Sydney are two points outside the Finals Series places but have a game in hand over sixth-placed Perth Glory.

Wanderers areĀ 3.40 to win their next game against the Brisbane Roar, who are 2.15, with the draw 3.50.

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