‘He’ll score goals and help us fight for the title’: Corica delighted with signing of World Cup striker

Steve Corica is confident the signing of former Iran international striker Reza Ghoochannejhad will help Sydney FC challenge for silverware on all fronts.

The Sky Blues announced on Tuesday afternoon they had secured Ghoochannejhad on a loan deal for the remainder of the Hyundai A-League season.

The 31-year-old joins the club from Cypriot club APOEL and could make his Sky Blues debut as early as this weekend, pending an international clearance.

Not only will Ghoochannejhad be a key addition for Sydney FC’s Hyundai A-League title hopes but he’ll also fill the Asian player spot for the club’s AFC Champions League campaign.

“Reza is an exciting and attacking striker who will score goals and give us a different option up front,” Corica said.

“The fact he qualifies as an Asian player under the AFC Champions League three plus one ruling is going to be a huge benefit to us and vital to our challenge for the trophy.

“We’ve had our eye on him for a while and when the opportunity came up to sign him, we didn’t hesitate.

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“He is an intelligent player, with a first-class attitude and an immaculate character, so he will fit into the Sydney FC culture seamlessly. He gives us another attacking threat up front in a hugely exciting forward line.”

After signing with the Sky Blues, Ghoochannejhad said he’s excited about what lies ahead for the remainder of the 2018/19 Season.

“To be joining Australia’s most successful club is a fantastic move for me, and to test myself against the best in Australia and Asia will be an unbelievable experience,” said Ghoochannejhad, who will wear the number 16 jersey for Sydney.

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“Sydney FC’s record in recent times is phenomenal and they have some fantastic players.

“I can’t wait to link up with my new team-mates, help them add to their success and bring more trophies to the club.”

Ghoochannejhad, who is nicknamed ‘Gucci’, played 44 times for Iran and scored 17 goals, including at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

He retired from the national team following their 2018 tournament in Russia.

His club career has seen him play in the Netherlands, England and Belgium before moving to Cyprus last year.