Connor Chapman says Western United will be getting a player at the peak of his powers after agreeing to join the Hyundai A-League’s newest club.
Chapman has signed a two-year deal with the club and becomes their third major signing, after marquee Greek international Panagiotis Kone and Caltex Socceroos right-back Josh Risdon.
The former Newcastle Jets and Melbourne City defender has played the last two years in Korea with Incheon United and Pohang Steelers.
But a chance to return to Australia and play for the Hyundai A-League’s newest franchise was an opportunity the 24-year-old.
“I am very excited to join Western United as we embark on our inaugural season,” Chapman said.
“My experience in the very tough Korean League has been invaluable, and at 24 for I feel that I am entering the peak of my career.
"Representing this new and exciting club in Western United in the A-League is a great opportunity for me personally and for team success.
“I look forward to building something special with my future teammates, and for the fans of the west.”
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Chapman, who was born in Sydney, has represented Australia U17, U20 and U23 levels.
He was part of the Melbourne City squad that won the 2016 FFA Cup over Sydney FC in the final, before moving abroad to Korea soon after.
“Our coaching staff have been working diligently to identify targets as we prepare for our inaugural season in October 2019 and we couldn't be happier to have the calibre of Panagiotis, Joshua and now Connor commit to our club,” Western United CEO Maurice Bisetto said.
"We feel we are forming a very competitive squad, who will be supported by a great coaching staff, and combined, will represent the west of Melbourne in the best possible light."