Kisnorbo staying with Heart

Melbourne Heart have announced central defender Patrick Kisnorbo has signed a new one-year deal with the club for next season.

Melbourne Heart have announced central defender Patrick Kisnorbo has signed a new one-year deal with the club for next season.

Kisnorbo has been an important figure in Melbourne Heart-s defence during the current Hyundai A-League campaign, prompting the club's new owners, Manchester City to retain the 33-year-old's services.

The robust centre back has demonstrated his reliability against some of the league-s most dangerous strikers while also providing an attacking threat from set-pieces, scoring two goals this season.

Melbourne Heart Coach John van-t Schip said Kisnorbo would be a valuable member of the squad next season.

“Patrick has improved further in his role as centre back and is a true leader at this club,” van-t Schip said.

“Patrick is experienced, relishes a challenge and while he loves defending, he also brings an added aerial threat from free-kicks and corners.”

Kisnorbo, who is originally from Melbourne but has played much of his career in England, said he was excited to be a part of the club next season in the city in which he grew up.

“Melbourne and this club is now home for me and I am delighted to remain here next season,” Kisnorbo said.

“There is a burning desire for us to perform next season and I want to help this club achieve success.”

Kisnorbo joins David Williams, Tando Velaphi and Jason Hoffman as recent players who have re-signed for the Club.

Patrick Kisnorbo Pronunciation : Pa-trik KISS-Nor-bo DOB : 24 March 1981 (age 33) Place of birth : Melbourne, Australia Position : Central Defender Current contract details : One-year contract (expires end of Hyundai A-League 2014/15 season) Appearances (Melbourne Heart FC): 20 appearances, 2 goals