Shane Smeltz signs with Sydney FC

DOMINIC BOSSI
Last updated 09:10 19/05/2014
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GOING BLUE: Shane Smeltz has signed a one-year deal with Sydney FC.

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One of the A-League's greatest ever goalscorers will be wearing the Sky Blue of Sydney FC next season after the club signed Kiwi ace Shane Smeltz on a one-year deal.

The 32-year-old striker secured his move to Sydney after being granted a release from the final year of his contract with Perth Glory to become the second attacking additions since the arrival of new coach Graham Arnold.

Twice crowned the A-League's top goalscorer, Smeltz will join former Central Coast Mariners striker Bernie Ibini as part of a new-look attack at Moore Park.

Smeltz is the second all-time leading goalscorer in the A-League with 77, just one goal behind leader Archie Thompson, and said he was confident of leading Sydney FC to silverware for the first time in five seasons next year and elevating the club back into the Asian Champions League.

"I'm very happy to be signing for Sydney FC," Smeltz said.

"This is the biggest and most renowned club in Australia and it will be an honour to pull on the Sky Blue shirt. I'm excited to get to work with Graham Arnold and to start training with the squad.

"I'm coming here with an expectation that we can win trophies and qualify for the Asian Champions League.

''I'm already looking forward to the season starting, and I'm confident we can do well."

Smeltz was looking for a new challenge after three years at the Glory and a difficult campaign last year that was hampered by injuries.

The New Zealand international was part of the 2010 World Cup where he famously scored an equalising goal against then world champions Italy, and his experience at the top level was identified as a major factor for his signing, according to Sydney coach Graham Arnold.

"Shane Smeltz is an exciting signing for the club," Arnold said.

"He brings World Cup experience to the squad as well as fantastic leadership qualities. His goalscoring record speaks for itself, and it will be a privilege to work with Shane."

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