Sydney FC recruit Luke Brattan says he's determined to make his mark on the A-League champions' squad.
Brattan joined the Sky Blues this year after three seasons at Melbourne City.
"You look at them obviously over the last five years and they've been the benchmark against the A-League," Brattan told AAP.
"I knew a lot of boys here before I came and obviously spoke to them and they had nothing but good things to say about the club and I'd be lying if I said I didn't want to be a part of it."
Brattan contemplated moving to Turkey in the off-season, then turned his focus to a move within the A-League, settling on Sydney FC.
"I've got a young family so they're my number one priority and I just wanted to get back to enjoying my football and enjoying my life," Brattan said.
"And Sydney was I thought at the time - and I still think now - the best option for me to get back to enjoying myself. I was at City for a fair few years and I saw myself there long-term but it didn't work out.
"But I'm extremely happy here and honoured and I'm very, very excited.
"The gaffer's put together a pretty incredible squad so I'm buzzing and can't wait to get started."
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Brattan joins a midfield that includes Brandon O'Neill, Milos Ninkovic and fellow recruit Alexander Baumjohann - but lost Josh Brillante to Melbourne City in the off-season.
"Some of the players that we've got in this team are ridiculously talented and have proven themselves in the A-League over the past couple of years," he said.
"I'm not looking to do anything special, I just want to bring what I bring to the team, contribute in any way I can.
"Obviously Joshy is a big loss for them but hopefully I can fill his boots and keep being successful at the club."