Socceroo Robbie Kruse has returned to Melbourne Victory on a two-year deal pending a medical, the club confirmed today.
Kruse, 30, returns to the A-League eight years after leaving Melbourne for German club Fortuna Düsseldorf in 2011/12.
The forward went on to play over 100 games across an eight-year stint in the first and second divisions in Germany for Düsseldorf, Bayer Leverkusen, VfB Stuttgart and VfL Bochum.
He has also made 75 appearances for the Socceroos between 2011 and 2019 including the Russia 2018 World Cup squad.
He became a key part of Victory's attack during his two year spell and 43 games with the club following his move from Brisbane Roar, scoring 16 goals.
Today Kruse said he’s looking forward to returning to the club that gave him the opportunity to ignite his career.
“I’m excited to return home after eight years playing overseas. It was an incredible experience, but to have the opportunity to come back to the A-League and represent Victory again is really special,” said Kruse.
“I have great memories playing with Victory and of the club as whole; it helped me set expectations of myself as a player and ground me professionally.
“During our discussions, I’ve been impressed with Marco Kurz’s vision for the team and look forward to joining my teammates, many new and a couple I already know.”
Kruse becomes Kurz’s first signing since taking the reins at the club earlier this month, and the German believes the former clubman will add valuable A-League and international experience to the squad.
“Securing Robbie’s services for the next two years is a big win for the club,” said Kurz.
“We see in Robbie a player not only with great experience here in Australia and overseas, but also someone that fits the culture of the club, something which will be very good for this team.
“We look forward to him joining us this week.”