A-League: Wellington Phoenix add Michal Kopczyński to squad on loan

Michal Kopczyński.
Michal Kopczyński. Photo credit: Getty

The Wellington Phoenix have added another name to their growing roster for the upcoming A-League season.

Polish midfielder Michal Kopczyński is the latest player to commit to the side on a loan basis from Polish champions, Legia Warsaw.

The 26-year-old is highly-touted, having helped his side to a Champions League berth in 2016/17 where they squared off with the likes of European heavyweights Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.

He made his debut for Legia Warsaw as a 19-year-old and has since appeared 77 times for the Polish giants.

Kopczyński said talking to new head coach, Mark Rudan, was the deciding factor to come to Wellington.

Rudan has already secured the services of Kopczyński's compatriot, goalkeeper Filip Kurto.

"I wanted to experience something new in playing abroad and talking about the project with Mark helped me to decide to come to Wellington," he said.

"He’s clear about what he wants in his players and what he needs from me.

"I have heard about Filip (Kurto) signing so it will be good for me to help settle in.

Rudan said Kopczyński had been a high-priority target for him ahead of his debut campaign in charge of the Wellington club.

"He’s got drive, composure, skill, vision, and grit to cover a lot of ground and work hard for the whole team," Rudan noted.

"Besides giving everything for the shirt and an incredible attitude to win, he will be the kind of player the fans will love to come and watch.

"Michal’s got all the skills to light up this league."

It's the fourth addition of the past fortnight for the Australian following Kurto and former Socceroos David Williams and Mitch Nichols.