FORMER Melbourne Victory Brazilian fullback Fabio has signed for Sydney after impressing new coach Ian Crook in trials this week.
The left back is Crook’s second signing of the week after snapping up free agent Iraqi international Ali Abbas on Monday.
Fabio will officially join the club once visa requirements are finalised.
“I am very happy to be signing for Sydney FC,” said Fabio. “It’s a great opportunity for me and I’m going to repay the belief the coach Ian Crook has shown in me.
“I am really pleased by the way I have been received by the players and the coaching staff.
“In just a few days, I have seen that they are a very united group and I’m looking forward to working with them.”
The 27-year old arrives after a season playing for Melbourne Victory FC, voted third in their Player of the Year Awards, and is excited about playing in front of Sydney FC’s fans.
“I know that Sydney FC have a great fan base, especially the Cove, and I want to show them I am 110% committed to the club," he said.
“I hope to help Sydney FC win the A-League championship and I can see we are building a squad capable of doing that."
Crook believes the signing of the Brazilian will bring a boost to the squad.
“I think he will improve the team and the squad and that’s all that matters right now,” said Crook.
“He’s technically very good and good on the ball which fits into our possession based game remit. He feels as though he has a point to prove, so he has a lot of hunger as well.”
Milton Da Rocha, from Demanly Management said: “It’s a great opportunity for Fabio, he has fully adapted to the A-League and to the Aussie culture, and I think Sydney fans will see the best of him.”