2 Oct 2012

A-League stars ready to shine

5:01 pm on 2 October 2012

The A-League's star marquee signings have declared themselves ready for action and are confident of figuring in the opening round of matches this weekend.

Sydney FC's Alessandro Del Piero, Newcastle's Emile Heskey and Western Sydney's Shinji Ono came together for the first time at the league's official season launch in Sydney on Tuesday.

And while questions remain over their match fitness having all arrived in the past two weeks, the players were talking up their chances of making their debuts this weekend.

Italian great Del Piero is upbeat about Saturday's match away to Wellington after playing 70 minutes in an intra-club training match last week.

Sydney coach Ian Crook said he would wait until later in the week to decide on Del Piero's involvement against the Phoenix but warned he would not take any risks with the 37 year-old.

Former England international Heskey only arrived in Australia last Friday and appears most likely to come off the bench in Sunday's home clash with Adelaide.

The former Liverpool striker admitted his fitness was not at the level of his Jets teammates but said it would not take long to get up to speed and was ready to go.

Japan star Ono arrived on Monday but has already had two sessions with his Wanderers teammates and said he'd be up to playing in Saturday's match against Central Coast at Parramatta Stadium.