Sydney FC have today confirmed the signing of former Melbourne City midfielder Paulo Retre on a two-year contract.
The 24-year old, who has represented the Young Socceroos alongside Josh Brillante, will join the Sky Blues until the end of the 2018/19 season.
The versatile Retre, who has experience playing in defence and both as a defensive and attacking midfielder, says he is excited about the move.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for me to be joining the Hyundai A-League Champions and double winners,” he said.
“The move has come at an excellent time in my career and to be joining a squad with such quality can only improve my game.
“It’s an honour to be coming to a big club who have had an unbelievable season and I will need to be at my best to break into the side in 2017/18.
“It’s going to be an exciting year, I’m looking forward to playing in the AFC Champions League as well as helping the club win all three domestic trophies.”
Head Coach Graham Arnold revealed Retre will boost the Sky Blues title defences.
“He is an extremely talented young Australian player and will give us even greater competition for places in our squad, especially with an AFC Champions League campaign on the horizon.
“I’m delighted he has agreed to join Sydney FC as I think he will improve us and he has all the qualities to be a top player in this league.
“He is a winner, which is what we like at Sydney FC, and he is hungry for the success which will come his way this season.”
The Sky Blues will return to training in early July, ahead of the club’s huge clash with Arsenal FC on Thursday 13 July.
Sydney FC’s Hyundai A-League Season 2017/18 Playing Squad:
1 – Andrew REDMAYNE
4 – Alex WILKINSON
5 – Jordy BUIJS
6 – Josh BRILLANTE
7 – Michael ZULLO
8 – Milos DIMITRIJEVIC
9 – BOBÔ
10 – Milos NINKOVIC
12 – Aaron CALVER
13 – Brandon O’NEILL
14 – Alex BROSQUE
17 – David CARNEY
18 – Matt SIMON
22 – Seb RYALL
23 – Rhyan GRANT
24 – Charles LOKOLINGOY
TBC – Paulo RETRE
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