Sky Blues bolster midfield stocks

Sydney FC have moved to shore up their midfield options with the signing of former Perth Glory youngster Brandon O'Neill on a two-year-deal.

The 21-year-old made 16 appearances for the Glory and played his last match against the Sky Blues in a 3-1 defeat at nib Stadium in February.

The Perth born midfielder linked up with his new team mates on Monday and will remain a Sky Blue for the 2015/16 and 2016/17 Hyundai A-League seasons.

Head Coach Graham Arnold welcomed O’Neill to the squad and said he looks forward to developing the young midfielder. 

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“Brandon is a great young prospect,” Arnold said.

“I’m looking forward to working with him and developing him as a footballer during his time with Sydney FC.

“Brandon will provide great competition for places in our squad and will be a welcome addition to our midfield stocks.”

O’Neill said he was looking forward to prospering at the Sky Blues as he said the lure of working under Head Coach Graham Arnold and his team was a determining factor in his signature. 

“I'm humbled and grateful for the opportunity Graham Arnold and Sydney FC have given me,” O’Neill said.

“Graham Arnold is a proven first class coach and always gets the best out of his players as well as his belief in youth. I jumped at the chance to work with someone of his coaching ability. 

“To progress in my own career I believe Sydney FC is the club for me,” he continued.