Sydney FC have found their replacement for Alessandro Del Piero, with the club announcing the signing of 31-year-old Austrian striker Marc Janko as their international marquee for the 2014-2015 A-League season on Thursday.
Janko is the current captain of Austria, having scored 17 goals in 40 appearances for his country, while also boasting a prolific goal-scoring record during his five-year spell at Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga from 2005-2010.
At 6’5” tall, Janko is an obvious aerial threat and is also renowned as a traditional penalty-box poacher. He netted a bountiful 85 goals in 126 matches whilst at Salzburg, and has also enjoyed stints at Dutch outfit FC Twente and Portuguese giants FC Porto.
However, the Vienna native has struggled somewhat in front of goal over the past two seasons with Turkish club Trabzonspor, having scored just two goals from 23 league apperances during that time.
Sky Blues coach Graham Arnold believes Janko will fit in nicely with fellow new attacking additions Alex Brosque, Shane Smeltz and Bernie Ibini, and says the club conducted a thorough background check before deciding to sign him to a one-year deal.
"Marc has an exceptional goal scoring record and is a fantastic addition to our attacking options, he will complement our current strikers well," Arnold said at a press conference on Thursday.
"We have put in a lot of time and effort to ensure he has the right qualities and right character to fit into our squad, and I'm very happy we have been able to sign him.”
Despite signing with Sydney for just one season, Janko says he hopes to achieve big things with his new club in the future.
"I am thrilled to be joining Sydney FC and can't wait to get started," he said.
"I have come here to win trophies and play in the Asian Champions League and I am confident that I will achieve this with Sydney FC."
Janko could make his pre-season debut as early as next Wednesday, when Sydney take on New South Wales Premier League side Bonnyrigg White Eagles, ahead of their inaugural FFA Cup match against Melbourne City the following week.