Melbourne Victory have today announced the signing of Argentinian midfielder Matias Sanchez on a one-year Hyundai A-League contract.
►Sanchez joins the club having spent the best part of a decade playing in Argentina's top flight.
►A World Cup winner with Argentina's Under-20's, Sanchez was also part of the Estudiantes de La Plata side that won South America's prestigious Copa Libertadores in 2009, before being crowned Champions of Argentina the following season.
►Played a season in the USA with MLS club Columbus Crew in 2013.
►Immediately prior to his move to Melbourne, Sanchez played 33 times for Club Atletico Temperley, also in the Argentine Primera Division.
MUSCAT ON SANCHEZ'S PEDIGREE
"Mati is a terrific signing for us," Victory boss Kevin Muscat said.
"His resume speaks for itself. He's been in some very strong teams in Argentina and, more importantly, he's tasted success at club level.
"It's going to be a big season for us with (AFC) Champions League commitments too, so depth is absolutely crucial if we're going to withstand a busy schedule - especially at the back end of the season."
ARGENTINE EYEING FRESH CHALLENGE
"It is a very exciting opportunity for me," Sanchez said.
"I've spent a long time playing in Argentina, so to go on a football adventure to the other side of the world is amazing.
"I would describe myself as a passionate player and a hard working midfielder. I hope the Melbourne Victory fans will enjoy the way I play and I will give 100 percent of my quality to help the team."
"I know Melbourne Victory is a big club, with great fans and I'm looking forward to helping them win more trophies."