Former Johnny Warren Medallist joins NPL powerhouse

There will be a real Hyundai A-League flavour in the South Australian NPL next season with former Johnny Warren Medallist Marcos Flores joining Adelaide City.

Flores has signed a two-year deal with the NPL heavyweights, subject to the completion of the medical and visa process.

He’s the second former Adelaide United star to sign with an NPL club, following on from Marcelo Carrusca’s move to West Adelaide last month.

“I am really excited to be playing football in Australia again,” said Flores, whose previous club was Bali United in 2017.

“I am committed to give my very best for the club on and off the field and lead by example.”

Flores began his career in his native Argentina but became well-known to Australian fans when he joined Adelaide United in 2010.

He quickly became a fan favourite and after a stellar 2010/11 Season, Flores was voted the Hyundai A-League’s best player, taking out the Johnny Warren Medal.

His solo goal against Newcastle Jets in the 2011/12 Season is still regarded one of the best individual efforts in the competition's history (see the goal below).

The 33-year-old has also played for Melbourne Victory, Newcastle Jets and Central Coast Mariners in the Hyundai A-League.

Flores is a major signing for powerhouses City, who are aiming to win their first championship since 2010.

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“Marcos is a champion on the field and has been a champion all across the globe and we are ecstatic that he has decided to accept our offer to return to Australia,” City Football Chairman Tony Costa said.

“We are pleased to welcome Marcos and he will no doubt have an immediate impact on the profile of South Australian football.