As far as footballing revelations go it was hardly of the bombshell variety but, nonetheless, all doubt was removed on Thursday morning when A-League expansion side Western United confirmed that Mark Rudan would steer the side into their first season in the A-League.
Long regarded as one of the worst kept secrets in the A-League, Rudan has departed Wellington Phoenix to sign a three-year deal to take the helm of United.
A highly successful coach in the NSW NPL with Sydney United, Rudan was handed his first professional opportunity with Wellington Phoenix in 2018-19 and proved a revelation, taking the reigns of a side widely tipped as potential wooden spooners and guiding them to a finals place.
Nonetheless, his tenure in Wellington proved to be a brief one, with the New Zealand side confirming in early April that he would be returning to Australia at the end of the season.
Rudan is the latest piece of the puzzle to fall into place ahead of United’s first season, joining a coaching staff already featuring John Hutchinson and John Anastasiadis as assistants.
United have already been busily signing players ahead of their first season in the top flight, with the likes of Socceroos Josh Risdon and Scott MacDonald, Ersum Gulum, Panagiotis Kone, Aaron Calver , Filip Kurto and Seb Pasquali all committed to the Green and Black.
More to come.