No fuzzy business, rules Popovic
Three months "work" and Nikolai Topor-Stanley says he's feeling a lot lighter.
The Western Sydney Wanderers defender hasn't shaved kilos off his waistline - just a hoard of hair from his face.
Topor-Stanley had a cheeky bet with teammate Mark Bridge to see who could grow the longest beard. The first one to reach for the razor had to pay for the other's coffee for a year.
But that all came crashing down this week, when coach Tony Popovic disapproved of the pair's bushy looks.
"I guess it had to go. It was a draw in the end, but three months work down the drain," the A-League All Star said on Friday.
Asked whether he was surprised Popovic put his foot down, Topor-Stanley said: "Not really.
"I was expecting it. I thought it would come earlier actually.
"When I got away with it for the first game of the season I thought I was in it for the long haul, but two games in I got the tap on the shoulder."
Topor-Stanley and Bridge will be clean shaven for Saturday's sold-out derby clash against Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium.