He was public enemy no.1 on his last visit to Allianz Stadium but Sydney FC signing Tiago Calvano plans to win over Sky Blues fans.
He was public enemy number one on his last visit to Allianz Stadium but Sydney FC signing Tiago Calvano plans to win over Sky Blues fans by helpng fix the Hyundai A-League's leakiest defence.
The 31-year-old completed his first training session with the Sky Blues on Thursday since making the mid-season switch from the Newcastle Jets as a replacement for the injured Pascal Bosschaart.
And he looks set to come straight into Sydney's injury-hit defence for Saturday night's crucial clash with fellow basement battlers Wellington Phoenix.
The Brazilian's arrival is a timely boost for the Sky Blues, who have battled injuries and poor form from their back-four all season, conceding 33 times in just 16 games.
"I've come here to do my best. If you see how many goals we conceded it's a lot," Calvano said after his first session with Sydney.
"I'll try to help my team-mates and I'll try to do my best to fix this.
"But I can't do it alone. We have a good chance to improve from this point.
"I'm here to help the team and our goal is to make the finals."
Calvano managed just seven appearances for the Jets this season but one of those was the club's thrilling 3-2 win over Sydney in front of more than 35,000 fans at Allianz Stadium in October.
On that occasion he drew the wrath of a few Sydney players and supporters when he was stretchered off due to injury only to hop straight back up to come back onto the pitch.
In one of the funnier moments a Sky Blues fan threw a water bottle in Calvano's reaction with the defender picking it up and taking a sip before re-entering the fray.
"It was all good," he said with a wry smile when asked about the incident on Thursday.
"I was very thirsty in this moment and they threw me a bottle."
Sydney FC coach Frank Farina is delighted to have found a re-enforcement for his defence and hasn't ruled out making more signings before the January transfer window closes.
He revealed the club were also chasing the likes of Brisbane's Matt Jurman and Jon McKain from Adelaide but the Sky Blues couldn't convince their respective clubs to grant a release.
But he has no doubt the former Jets hardman will make an immediate impact to his finals-chasing side.
"He has experience but also has the ability to talk and organise," Farina said of his new man.
"He's a good defender and a genuine centre-half and that's what we need at the moment.
"He's definitely got something to prove and if he does that he'll obviously help us.
"I didn't bring him to sit on bench. He's fit and ready to go ... I'll have no problems putting him straight in."
Sydney could move into the top six with a win over the Phoenix, who have fallen to the bottom of the table on the back of three straight defeats.
Skipper Terry McFlynn, who made a big impact when called off the bench against Melbourne Heart last weekend, could force his way into the starting side at the expense of youngster Peter Triantis.