Signing news: Sydney FC poach Hyundai A-League speedster

Sydney FC have today confirmed the signing of ex-Central Coast Mariners winger Trent Buhagiar on a two-year Hyundai A-League contract. 

Buhagiar, 20, joins the Sky Blues after three seasons with the Mariners which yielded 52 appearances and four goals. 

A product of the International Football School, Buhagiar said he was excited to be joining the reigning A-League Premiers.

“Sydney FC are winners and I feel I can take my game to a whole new level at the Sky Blues,” Buhagiar said.

“I’ve heard nothing but good things about Sydney FC’s Members and fans and I can’t wait to pull on the Sky Blue jersey on our journey next season.

“My aim is to work hard, give everything, fight for a place and to grow in a professional environment.”

Buhagiar joins for two seasons. Photo by Amos Hong

Meanwhile, the Sky Blues have also completed the re-signing of midfielder Chris Zuvela for a further A-League season. 

Zuvela inks his second year as a professional as Sydney FC retain another member of their 2017/18 Premiership and FFA Cup winning squad.

The 21-year old midfielder said he was excited to be continuing as a Sydney FC player, having risen through the ranks of the Sky Blues’ Academy before making his Sydney FC first team debut in their 8-0 FFA Cup thrashing away to Darwin Rovers in August last year.

“I’ve spent the best part of my youth career at Sydney FC, I bleed Sky Blue and I’m pleased to be re-signing for season 2018/19,” Zuvela said.

“I’ve learnt a lot in my time here, the club has made me the player I currently am, and I want to repay that faith with performances on the pitch.

“I’m looking forward to the journey ahead under the new Head Coach and I’m keen to play as many minutes as possible.”

Zuvela in action for the Sky Blues in the AFC Champions League.

Sydney FC General Manager of Football Operations Terry McFlynn praised the talent of both players.

“Trent is a young player that we have monitored over a period of time and we believe he will bring fresh competition for places in our squad. He’s a great prospect and I’m looking forward to watching him develop and grow in the Sky Blue family,” he said.

“He provides an added dimension to the side through his pace and I’m sure he’ll prove more than valuable to the team next season.

“Chris is a great professional with a great work ethic and a hunger to succeed,” McFlynn continued.

“He is a talented young midfielder who’ll continue to develop in our professional environment. He has shown an intelligence beyond his years already and has proved he can not only compete, but excel at this level.”