Sky Blues announce Kosta Barbarouses has signed a three year deal

Kosta Barbarouses unveiled as a Sydney FC player. Picture: David Gray/AAP
Kosta Barbarouses unveiled as a Sydney FC player. Picture: David Gray/AAP

Sydney FC have confirmed the acquisition of Kosta Barbarouses this morning at a press conference at the Opera House.

Barbarouses spoke glowingly on his latest career move joining the Sky Blue.

"I'm very happy to be signing for Sydney FC as it's a club I've heard so many great things about," he said.

Head Coach Steve Corica said he was delighted to have captured the signature of one of the Hyundai A-League's most sought after players.

"Kosta is an extremely good footballer and is highly regarded as one of the best strikers in Australia," said Corica.

"He is hungry for success which fits perfectly into our culture at Sydney FC."

Speaking on the signing, Chairman Scott Barlow hoped it would help the team excel in future in their quest to capture Asian gold.

"We want to challenge for all three domestic titles and we're determined to have a major impact in next year's AFC Champions League.

"Kosta's signing is an important step towards this, and I'm looking forward to him taking the field in Sky Blue."

EARLIER:

Sydney FC are expected to announce tomorrow morning the major signing of Kosta Barbarouses from arch-rivals Melbourne Victory.

In a coup for the reigning champions, the New Zealand winger has reportedly penned a three-year deal with the Sky Blues in what is a perfect replacement for outgoing skipper and club legend Alex Brosque.

Barbarouses finishes his second stint at Victory with 161 appearances and 51 goals across all competitions, having represented the club between 2013-2016 before returning again ahead of the 2017/18 season.

Despite both failing to reach an agreement to extend the All Whites player's stay in Melbourne, Victory general manager of football operations Paul Trimboli was still full of praise for their outgoing star.

"Kosta has not only been a terrific servant to Melbourne Victory over his two stints with the club, but also a great individual both on and off the field," said Trimboli.

"We put forward an offer to keep Kosta here as we build towards our next chapter as a club, however he unfortunately declined this offer."

Sydney FC chairman Scott Barlow and Head Coach Steve Corica will officially unveil their new signing at media conference at Sydney Opera House tomorrow at 11am.