A-League: Nikolai Topor-Stanley departs Wanderland for UAE

DEPARTING: Wanderers defender Nikolai Topor-Stanley has secured a lucrative contract in the UAE.  Picture: Brendan Esposito
DEPARTING: Wanderers defender Nikolai Topor-Stanley has secured a lucrative contract in the UAE. Picture: Brendan Esposito

Western Sydney captain and foundation player Nikolai Topor-Stanley has completed a move to the United Arab Emirates.

The veteran defender was granted permission by the A-League franchise last week to finalise a deal with Hatta Sports club which was inked on Tuesday.

“In football, opportunities such as this rarely come around and when it was presented to me I knew that it was something I had to explore,” said Topor-Stanley, who played 81 games in three seasons at the Jets before linking with Wanderers.

The defender departs as the most-capped Wanderer with 104 games, including three grand-final appearances and a famous Asian Champions League triumph.

“The Wanderers is a special club that in so little time has captured a nation and I'm sure it's only the beginning of more great times ahead,” Topor-Stanley said.

“It has been an honour and a humbling experience to be able to say I was and am a part of the history of this club and I will always hold that close to my heart.”

Meanwhile, skipper Alex Brosque returns to the Sydney FC starting side for Wednesday night's FFA Cup semi-final against Canberra Olympic.

At stake is a place in next month's FFA Cup final against either Melbourne City or Victory, and a chance to secure the first piece of silverware.

Defender Alex Wilkinson will miss the game with the ankle injury while Michael Zullo is also unavailable as he recovers from illness.