Tomi Juric will reunite with former mentor Tony Popovic at Melbourne Victory, with the fringe Socceroo signing a one-season deal with the A-League Men club.
Juric, who joins from Macarthur FC, played under Popovic at Western Sydney, including winning the Asian Champions League in 2014, before moving to Europe.
He has been capped 41 times for the Socceroos, including winning the 2015 Asian Cup and featuring at the 2018 World Cup.
"Linking up again with Tony Popovic is an exciting prospect for me and with how he helped me earlier in my career, I'm looking forward to again learning from the boss and getting back to my best for the Victory faithful," Juric said in a statement released by the club.
"Melbourne Victory is an ambitious club and I want to be a part of helping the club achieve success off the back of a great season for Victory last year."
Victory recently released Francesco Margiotta and Juric provides another centre-forward option alongside Nick D'Agostino.
Juric, 30, has been smashed by injuries in recent years and while he had a strong stint at Adelaide in 2020-21, he was injury-ravaged at Macarthur last season.
"Tomi has enormous pedigree as a striker and we believe the environment at the club can bring the best out of him," Popovic said.
"Tomi's addition to our attack elevates our quality and increases our options and we have no doubt that he can help us in achieving our goals this season."
Elsewhere, Sydney FC stalwart Rhyan Grant has signed a two-year contract extension.
Grant will enter his 15th and 16th seasons with the Sky Blues, when he is likely to surpass 300 ALM appearances, and hoped to deliver a return to the finals.
"I know last season wasn't our greatest so I'm determined to help return success to our club when we return home to our new world-class stadium this coming season," he said in a Sydney FC statement.
The Sky Blues recently lost centre-back Ben Warland, who has returned to hometown club Adelaide United on a two-year deal.
Australian Associated Press
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