Signing news: Championship-winning midfielder returns to Sydney FC

Championship-winning midfielder Anthony Caceres is back with Sydney FC, signing a two-year deal with the Sky Blues on Thursday.

Caceres was on loan at Sydney FC from parent-club Manchester City for the second half of the 2018/19 campaign, coming off the bench in the Grand Final win over Perth Glory.

While he left the club after the campaign due to his loan expiring, coach Steve Corica was keen to retain the 26-year-old and has now tied him to the Sky Blues until the end of the 2020-21 Season.

“Anthony was a fantastic asset last season and put in a number of impressive displays across all competitions,” Corica said on Sydney FC’s official website.

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“His skill and versatility make him a great option for us both domestically and in Asia and I’m looking forward to working with him again.

“Anthony has truly embraced all that it means to be a part of the Sydney FC family and he’ll be a welcome addition to this great group of players.”

Caceres’ signing continues a massive week for the defending Hyundai A-League Champions.

They have already added former Western Sydney Wanderers playmaker Alexander Baumjohann, while 20-cap Caltex Socceroos defender Ryan McGowan joined on Wednesday.

Anthony Caceres is the fourth new addition for the Sky Blues this off-season
Anthony Caceres is the fourth new addition for the Sky Blues this off-season

It takes Corica’s recruitment so far to four new faces, following the acquisition of Kosta Barbarouses last month.

Caceres, who will begin pre-season training with the Sky Blues on Thursday, is delighted to be back in the Harbour City.

“I’m driven to win more titles and to go further than this club has gone before in the Champions League,” he said.

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“Tasting Championship success last season was just the start and I’m eager to repeat that feat in 2019/20.

“I can’t wait to get started.”