Melbourne City have signed Kearyn Baccus on a short-term injury deal after the midfielder was released by Western Sydney Wanderers.
The Wanderers confirmed on Friday afternoon they had agreed to terminate the remainder of Baccus deal with the club by mutual consent.
And City have pounced to secure the South African-born playmaker as cover for the injured Michael O'Halloran (hamstring).
Baccus played 74 matches in four seasons for the Wanderers.
“Michael O’Halloran has been training well so losing him to injury is unfortunate, but we’ve secured a quality replacement in Kearyn Baccus,” said City boss Warren Joyce.
“Kearyn will add quality and brings a wealth of experience to the squad, helping maintain the current tough competition for places.”
Baccus will start pre-season training with the club immediately in the hope of playing in the club's season-opener against Melbourne Victory on Saturday, October 20.
“I’m excited to have a fresh opportunity at Melbourne City and will be doing all I can to support the team over these next few months,” said Baccus.
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“I’m here to work hard, develop my game and show the Melbourne City fans what I can do.”
Ironically, City takes on Baccus’ former club tonight in a Hyundai A-League pre-season friendly in Shepparton.
It's City's final pre-season hit-out before their blockbuster Melbourne Derby against Victory at Marvel Stadium.