Melbourne City FC have added some more South American flair to their frontline with the club announcing the signing of Argentine winger Nicolas Colazo ahead of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season.
The left-footed attacking midfielder signs on a season-long loan deal from Argentine club Boca Juniors, joining Melbourne City as the club’s second marquee player for the upcoming A-League season.
Born in Buenos Aires, Colazo joined Boca’s youth academy at the age of nine, making 106 appearances and scoring five goals in Argentina’s top flight since breaking into the first team in 2009.
Along with a brief loan stint at Argentine side All Boys, Colazo enjoyed a successful spell with his hometown club, winning both the Primera Division title and Copa Argentina trophy on two occasions.
Colazo, 26, arrived in Melbourne on Monday and passed his medical at the City Football Academy on Tuesday.
“Head Coach John van’t Schip said: “Nicolas will provide us with an important versatility on the left; he is able to play and transition well across attack and defence; qualities we require to further strengthen our squad and suit our style of play.”
“Given his experience in South America and the fact he is still at an age we can maximise his potential, we believe Nicolas will be a strong contributor to our squad.”
Colazo will occupy the Club’s fifth and final visa spot alongside Danish duo Thomas Sorensen and Michael Jakobsen, Uruguayan Bruno Fornaroli and fellow Argentine Fernando Brandan, and will wear the number 9 jersey.
Melbourne City FC A-League Squad (2016/17): 1. Thomas Sorensen (GK), 2. Manny Muscat, 3. Josh Rose, 4. Connor Chapman, 5. Ivan Franjic, 6. Osama Malik, 7. Corey Gameiro, 8. Neil Kilkenny, 9. Nicolas Colazo, 10. Anthony Caceres, 11. Bruce Kamau, 12. Nick Fitzgerald, 14. Daniel Arzani, 17. Tim Cahill, 18. Paulo Retre, 20. Dean Bouzanis (GK), 21. Ruon Tongyik, 22. Michael Jakobsen, 23. Bruno Fornaroli, 26. Luke Brattan, 27. Fernando Brandan, 28. Steve Kuzmanovski, 29. Braedyn Crowley (S)
S = Scholarship Player
Previous clubs: Boca Juniors (Argentina), All Boys (Argentina)
Accolades: Argentine Primera Division (2011/12, 2015), Copa Argentina (2011/12, 2014/15)