Aloisi finds "the perfect player" for Western United squad in Leo Lacroix

WESTERN United have signed Switzerland international Leo Lacroix on a one-year deal, addressing a key area of concern for head coach John Aloisi who identified defensive reinforcement as a must this off-season.

Lacroix joins the club from Swiss outfit FC Sion. The 29-year-old enjoyed previous stints at French Ligue 1 side AS Saint-Étienne and German outfit Hamburger SV, as well as FC Basel in the Swiss top flight, adding one international cap to his name in a friendly against Qatar in 2018.

United boss Aloisi expressed his delight to the club website as Lacroix signed on for the 2021/22 A-League season.

Aloisi says Lacroix's physicality and leadership will add much-needed solidity to his defensive unit moving forward through pre-season and into the upcoming A-League campaign.

“Leo is a massive signing for us. We needed some more strength at the back and we have found the perfect player for us,” he said.

“He is a physical presence and has a wealth of experience in Europe. He will be a great leader in the team and most importantly, a top player.

“To have a player like this walk into our dressing room will give the whole squad a lift and some added motivation.

“I am really looking forward to meeting Leo and having him on the training pitch with us ahead of what I hope will be a big season for him at the club.”

Lacroix takes possession for Hamburger SV during the 2018 Bundesliga campaign
Lacroix takes possession for Hamburger SV during the 2018 Bundesliga campaign

As Lacroix prepares for his first professional footballing venture at club level outside of Europe, the assured defender says he's excited to see first-hand all the things he's heard about the competitive standard of football produced in the A-League.

“I am very happy to complete this deal and become a Western United player,” he said.

“This is a big opportunity for me in a new country and I can’t wait to get started with my new coaches and teammates.

“I have heard good things about Australian football, about the competition, and I look forward to competing against the great players here.

“I am very grateful to Western United for this opportunity and I look forward to competing for titles and hopefully achieving big things at this club.”