Sydney coach Vitezslav Lavicka was still insisting last night the club could yet keep the defender despite speculation linking him with a move away.

But this afternoon Roar confirmed Jurman was joining them on the two year deal.Jurman will join Brisbane at the conclusion of Sydney’s upcoming AFC Champions League campaign.

Brisbane Head Coach Ange Postecoglou said he was delighted to have signed 21-year-old Jurman, believing he would fill the shoes of departed Luke DeVere in the heart of the Brisbane defence.

“I know Matt well, I coached him at junior international level and I’ve watched him very closely this season,” Postecoglou said.

“Once Luke left I obviously wanted a replacement and I wanted young Australian centreback, Matt was the ideal candidate.

“He’s shown he’s ready to play at a consistent level and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to help develop him further.”