Former Victory defender signs in Portugal

Former Melbourne Victory defender Nick Ansell has signed with Portuguese top-flight side CD Tondela.

Ansell has signed a two-year-deal with the club through until June 2019.

The 23-year-old was released by the Big V following the conclusion of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season.

Tondela finished 16th in the Primeira Liga last season, narrowly avoiding relegation to the second tier on goal difference.  

The centre-back will reunite with former Adelaide United defender Dylan McGowan following the Caltex Socceroo’s move to Pacos Ferreira last month.