Former A-League hero Marco Flores has returned to Australian football and signed for Adelaide City for the upcoming NPL season.
Marcos joins the club on a two-year deal and bolsters City’s attacking stocks as they aim to win their first championship since 2010. He will play a key role in the club’s youth development ranks as well.
Flores began his professional career 15 years ago with Union de Santa Fe before moving to Argentine Primera Division giant Newell’s Old Boys. In 2009, he made the move to Chile where he played for Curico Unido.
In December 2009, he was signed by Adelaide United and quickly became a fan favourite due to his high work-rate and flair. At the completion of the 2010-11 Hyundai A-League season, Flores was awarded the Johnny Warren Medal as the best player throughout the season.
Following a short stint in China with Henan Jianye, Flores returned to Australia with spells at Melbourne Victory, Central Coast Mariners and Newcastle Jets. Most recently, Flores spent 2017 in Indonesia with Bali United before returning to Argentina late last year.
Now he has opted to return to Adelaide, swapping the red of Adelaide United for the black and white stripes of Adelaide City.
And he can’t wait to get started.
“I am really excited to be playing football in Australia again,” Flores said, upon his first visit to Adelaide City Park.
“I am committed to give my very best for the club on and off the field and lead by example.”
Adelaide City Football Chairman Tony Costa was delighted with the acquisition of Flores; he believes that the attacking midfielder has an important role to play in any future success of the club.
“Marcos is a champion on the field and has been a champion all across the globe and we are ecstatic that he has decided to accept our offer to return to Australia,” Costa said.
“We are pleased to welcome Marcos and he will no doubt have an immediate impact on the profile of South Australian football."
NPL Senior Coach Michael Matricciani was also delighted by the signing, highlighting the incredible boost his squad has received upon the signature of the classy Argentine.
“I am excited to work with Marcos, we look forward to him joining the playing group and helping the club lift the level of professionalism on and off the park,” said Matricciani.
Adelaide City’s NPL preparations continue with a trial game tonight against the Modbury Jets at Adelaide City Park, while Flores is expected to join his new teammates on the field in the coming weeks.