Carrusca completes City move

13 September 2017 04:05:27 EST

Former Adelaide United midfielder Marcelo Carrusca has completed his move to Melbourne City.

The Argentinian has been on trial with Warren Joyce's side since he left United at the end of last season, having spent five seasons with the Reds, helping them win the championship in 2015-16 under coach Guillermo Amor.

He's a good pro who's genuinely just here because he wants to play football.

Warren Joyce

The 34-year-old's contract fits under the salary cap, meaning City still have scope to bring in one more marquee player to complement injured skipper Bruno Fornaroli.

His signing had been expected after Fornaroli tweeted last month that the midfielder would be joining City.

Carrusca will not be counted as a foreign player as he became an Australian citizen in July.

Joyce said: "Obviously we know a lot about his talent and his ability, his assists and goals. What's really impressed me about him is as a human being, a man - the way he comes into the club and conducts himself is a great example to the younger players at the football club.

"He's a good pro who's genuinely just here because he wants to play football. He's missed a lot of pre-season so we've got to build him up - I'm looking forward to getting him and seeing him fully fit."

Striker Braedyn Crowley has also been handed a senior contract for the new season. The 20-year-old, who joined on a scholarship deal last year, having had previous A-League experience with Newcastle Jets.

He came through the youth ranks with the Jets and made nine appearances in the 2015-16 season before having a spell in the NPL with Northcote City where he scored 13 times in 19 games.

City are 17/20 to win their first game of the A-League season against Brisbane Roar, who are 3/1, with the draw 3/1.

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