Fringe Socceroo Josh Brillante has ended weeks of speculation and left Sydney FC for Melbourne City, his new club confirmed today.
Brillante, 26, has been a key part of the Sky Blues’ midfield for the past three years since joining Sydney from Como where he had been on loan from Serie A side Florentina.
He had signed for the Italian club after stints at Newcastle Jets and Gold Coast United where the Queensland-born star made his A-League debut in 2010.
The internet has been buzzing with rumours of a switch from Sydney to Melbourne since the end of last season, and today City confirmed the move to join new coach Erick Mombaerts.
“This is an exciting time in Melbourne City’s journey, and I can’t wait to contribute and be a part of it,” said Brillante.
“Ultimately, I’m here to help Melbourne City win trophies and to improve myself every day in a high-performance environment. The opportunity to work with the new manager is really exciting - his vision is clear and ambitious, and we’re training at some of the best facilities in Australia.
“There is always a lot of work to do in pre-season, but I’m already looking to the first home game to show the fans what I can do. I’ve played in front of them before and know how passionate they are, and I’m determined to deliver football they’re proud to watch.”
City football director Michael Petrillo added: “Josh is one of the best holding midfielders in Australia. He’s extremely mobile, works very hard, has a great attitude and character, so we’re thrilled that he’s decided to join us.” said Petrillo.
“He’s an intelligent player who can help us build an important link between defence and attack when we have the ball, while offering protection to our defenders when we’re without it.
“Josh’s experience in Italy and Australia, and with the Australian national team, will also be key in helping our young players develop.”
City also confirmed defender Curtis Good has re-signed for a further two years with the club.