Two-time Oceania Player of the Year and A-League Golden Boot winner Shane Smeltz has agreed to a one-year deal with Sydney FC, becoming the second acquisition of new Sky Blues coach Graham Arnold, following last week’s signing of Bernie Ibini on loan.
The 32-year-old All White will be looking to recapture the form that saw him crowned Johnny Warren medallist in 2009, as he links up with his fourth A-League club, following stints with the Wellington Phoenix, the now-defunct Gold Coast United and Perth Glory.
The once Prolific marksmen has struggled with injuries during the last two seasons with the Glory, having played in just over half of the club’s 54 A-League fixtures during that time. And although his return of 11 goals from 32 appearances in that period is a modest one given his reputation, Arnold is in no doubt that Smeltz is a major coup for Sydney.
“Shane Smeltz is an exciting signing for the club,” he said, as reported by Sydney FC’s official website.
“He brings World Cup experience to the squad as well as fantastic leadership qualities.
“His goal scoring record speaks for itself and it will be a privilege to work with Shane.”
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