Sydney FC have converted midfielder Anthony Caceres's loan from Manchester City into a permanent transfer with a two-year deal, the club confirmed today.
The 26-year old Australian joined the Sky Blues in January on loan from his parent club, and impressed in the A-League and Champions League.
Sydney-born Caceres began his A-League career with Central Coast Mariners before he was snapped up by Manchester City but never made a first team appearance for the EPL champions.
He was twice loaned out to their A-League sister club Melbourne City either side of a spell in the UAE with Al Wasl before making the move to join Sydney this year.
His wife Helen also played for Melbourne City in the W-League last season.
Coach Steve Corica welcomed the return of Caceres for the new season as Sydney's fourth signing of the new campaign.
“Anthony was a fantastic asset last season and put in a number of impressive displays across all competitions,” he said.
“His skill and versatility make him a great option for us both domestically and in Asia and I’m looking forward to working with him again.
“Anthony has truly embraced all that it means to be a part of the Sydney FC family and he’ll be welcome addition to this great group of players.”
Caceres said he was excited to be returning in Sky Blue for the new season.
“I’m thrilled to be returning with Sydney FC,” he said. “I’m driven to win more titles and to go further than this club has gone before in the Champions League.
“Tasting Championship success last season was just the start and I’m eager to repeat that feat in 2019/20. I can’t wait to get started.”