A matter of weeks after star midfielder Milos Dimitrijevic left Sydney FC, the A-League club have replaced him with another Serbian in Milos Ninkovic.
Ninkovic, a former World Cup star with 28 international caps, will link up with the Sky Blues on a two-year deal, ending coach Graham Arnold's search for a central midfielder with the flair and versatility to match that of the departed Dimitrijevic.
The 30-year-old Ninkovic brings considerable experience to Arnold's overhauled and youthful side, having spent nearly a decade playing for Ukraine giants Dynamo Kyiv along with stints at top Serbian outfit Red Star Belgrade and French Ligue 1 club Evian.
He was also in the starting XI that lost 2-1 to the Socceroos in the group stages of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Ninkovic, who has the ability to play in a variety of midfield and attacking positions, fills Sydney's third visa spot inside the salary cap.
"I'm so excited that Milos is coming to Sydney FC and to the A-League," Graham said.
"He's got a wonderful pedigree, last year he played in the top league in France and the 2010 World Cup and he shows the type of quality we want at Sydney FC."
Ninkovic will arrive in Sydney next month, when he'll begin his bid to help the Sky Blues improve on last year's grand final loss.
"I'm eager to represent the Sky Blues and show Australia what I can do," Ninkovic said.
"I'm excited to be able to play in the Asian Champions League and I hope I can bring success to Sydney FC. I want to win silverware."
Arnold will now focus on locking in more experience up front including replacements for Bernie Ibini and gun Austrian marquee Marc Janko.
MILOS NINKOVIC'S CAREER
2002-2004 - Cukaricki
2004-2013 - Dynamo Kyiv
2013 - Evian (loan)
2013-2014 - Red Star Belgrade
2014-2015 - Evian