Club keen to sign Australian skipper

AFTER months of waiting, Western Sydney's new A-League team is taking shape with a club name, logo and the first group of players to be announced this month.

The club has less than five months to assemble a 23-man squad and have already set their sights on signing out-of-contract Australian skipper Lucas Neill to a marquee player deal.

Western Sydney's newly appointed executive chairman Lyall Gorman told Foxsports this week he'd make Neill an offer "too good to refuse".

"There wouldn't be a club official in the A-League who wouldn't be interested in securing Lucas's services," Gorman said.

Last week Neill was released from his player contract in the United Arab Emirates making him a free agent after June 30.

Several other Australian players have also been linked with a move to Western Sydney including former Socceroo Scott Chipperfield and Sydney FC duo Michael Beauchamp and Mark Bridge.

Transfer rumours intensified last Friday when a Sydney FC spokeswoman told the News Beauchamp's one year deal wasn't renewed while Bridge's contract had been mutually terminated.

Fans were asked to vote online for a club name and colours which are likely to be red, black and white.

Speculation on the club's Facebook website suggests four team names have already been trademarked including Western Sydney Wanderers, Wolves, Athletic and Strikers.

The club hasn't yet settled on a home ground but are exploring options in Parramatta, Blacktown, Penrith and Campbelltown.

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