ALM strugglers Western Sydney wield axe

After missing the finals for a fifth consecutive ALM season, Western Sydney have announced six players will depart, including Dimi Petratos and Tomer Hemed.

DIMITRI PETRATOS. Picture: Tony Feder/Getty Images

Western Sydney Wanderers' fifth consecutive A-League Men season without a finals appearance has prompted yet another clearout, with Dimi Petratos among six players to depart.

Petratos, former Premier League striker Tomer Hemed, Bernie Ibini, Tomas Mejias, Ziggy Gordon and Keijiro Ogawa have all parted ways with the Wanderers.

The Wanderers announced the departures shortly before the opening finals game, Western United's clash with Wellington Phoenix, kicked off.

Petratos signed with the Wanderers on a one-year loan deal amid their big off-season recruiting drive under former coach Carl Robinson but he scored just three goals in 23 games.

Robinson was sacked in February and replaced by Mark Rudan, who has since had his contract extended until the end of the 2023-24 season.

Ibini had followed former coach Robinson from Newcastle to Western Sydney and scored five goals in 43 games across two seasons.

Hemed scored six goals in 20 appearances to lead Western Sydney's goal scoring after joining from Wellington in the off-season.

Goalkeeper Mejias played 13 ALM games during his one-year deal with younger goalkeeper Daniel Margush preferred by Rudan as the season progressed.

Japanese forward Ogawa's loan deal from Yokohama FC has ended after 26 ALM appearances and two goals.

Scottish defender Gordon played 28 games for the Wanderers over two seasons.