EXCLUSIVE: Perth Glory’s Jamie Coyne is expected to join Melbourne Heart's Michael Beauchamp at Sydney FC with paperwork close to being finalised for both players.
The impending signing comes just two months after a wrangle scuppered Coyne's original move east to Sydney on Asian Champions League deadline day.
Versatile Coyne, 29, was frozen out of the Glory line-up late last season as speculation about a transfer reared its head.
He was also linked with a loan move to the Chinese Super League which also failed to materialise.
The former West Ham youth team player has played almost 120 times for Perth since 2005.
With young central defender Matt Jurman joining Brisbane next season and ACL loan signing Andrew Durante heading back to Wellington, the Sky Blues are short on central defenders and could look for Coyne to fill that role.
Meamnwhile Melbourne Heart have released Beauchamp from the final year of his contract by mutual consent after the 30-year-old was offered a three-year deal by Sydney.
Head Coach John van ‘t Schip thanked Beauchamp for his contribution to Melbourne Heart.
“Michael has been a great professional and made an important contribution to Heart both on and off the field over the last year,” he said.
“Even during periods when he didn’t feature in the first team, Michael was the ultimate teammate and a fantastic presence in the dressing room.
“Given the opportunity that presented itself at Sydney FC, we feel that we had an obligation to allow Michael to grab the chance to play first team football and secure his long term future as a professional.
“We would like to thank Michael for his efforts at Heart and wish him well for the future.”
Former Central Coast Mariner Beauchamp made 19 starting appearances for Heart throughout their debut campaign after arriving from Al-Jazira in the United Arab Emirates following stints with Nuremburg in Germany and Aalborg in Denmark
“We welcome Michael to Sydney FC and back to his home town of Sydney,” Sydney FC Vice-Chairman Scott Barlow said today as the signing was confirmed.
“We are delighted to have a player of Michael’s calibre and experience join us. He is yet another key addition to the squad we are building for next season.
"His signing follows on from those of Juho Makela and Karol Kisel, with other important signings to be announced in the near future.
Beauchamp, a Sydney junior who played for the Marconi Stallions, Parramatta Power and Sydney Olympic, said he was excited to be joining a club such as Sydney FC.
“It is not every day that you get to play for a club such as Sydney FC so I am very happy and really excited about the prospect of joining the club,” Beauchamp said.
“I still have my sights set on furthering my Socceroos career, but my immediate priority is to play well for my new club and help with the club’s goal to bring about another championship.
"The ideal situation would be to remain at Sydney FC long term and regain selection into the Socceroos squad.
“The club has a lot of excellent players and a very professional set up, so I am looking forward to being part of a strong team. I have only heard good things about head coach Vitezslav Lavicka, so can’t wait to work under him.
“I am a Sydney boy as well and played a lot of my football here, so being back home is a bit of a thrill for me too.”
Sydney FC coach Vitezslav Lavicka said he was delighted to have secured a player such as Beauchamp.
“We all know he is a good player. He has a lot of international experience. He’s been to two World Cups with the Socceroos and is a big, tall, strong defender. I am very happy about Michael joining us at Sydney FC,” Lavicka said.
“He has experience in Europe at some big clubs so he will be very valuable to us. He is an excellent character and I expect him to, and I know he will, provide us with good play and of course good leadership at the back.
“I am happy about this. As a club we are very happy to have him come here. I expect our fans will be too.”