Signing news: Macarthur secure English striker Derbyshire

Former Premier League striker Matt Derbyshire is on his way to the Hyundai A-League, signing with expansion club Macarthur FC.

The 34-year-old, who is a former England U-21 international, has signed a two-year deal with Ante Milicic’s squad.

"Matt is a perfect fit to spearhead our attack," Bulls coach Ante Milicic said.

"Matt is a very strong player who competes on every challenge, (is) technically sound and a good mover on his feet.

"He is a quality finisher and I am looking forward to seeing him in the A-League."

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Derbyshire joins the club from Cypriot First Division club Omonia Nicosia, where he scored 62 goals in 113 appearances.

The experienced attacker has played in the Premier League - with Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City - and the English Championship, while he also had a stint at Greek giants Olympiacos.

"After speaking with Ante about his vision for Macarthur FC, the choice was a simple one and I thank him for the opportunity to play for the club," Derbyshire said.

"I have never played in Australia before and am not only looking forward to the challenge of a top-quality league but also playing my part in building a new club that the region will be proud of."

Derbyshire is the Bulls' fifth signing, joining Tommy Oar, Denis Genreau, Adam Federici and former Socceroos captain Mark Milligan.

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