Striker Fornaroli signs two-year City deal

12 August 2015 03:19:16 EST
John van 't Schip's off-season recruitment drive continues.

Melbourne City have signed a former teammate of Luis Suarez to bolster their attack ahead of the new season.

Bruno Fornaroli, who played alongside Suarez in his youth career in their native Uruguay, has signed a two-year deal with John van 't Schip's side.

Fornaroli spent last season in Uruguay with Danubio, after a year-long stint in Greece with Panathinaikos.

He started out with Nacional in his home country - scoring 17 goals in 38 games in his first season - before having a four-year spell with Sampdoria in Italy, during which time he was loaned out to three different teams.

The 27-year-old, nicknamed El Tuna - or "The Prickly Pear" - is City's eighth signing of the off season. Van 't Schip has already brought in Socceroos defender Ivan Franjic, former Sydney FC striker Corey Gameiro as well as Steve Kuzmanovski, Harry Novillo, Michael Zullo, Aaron Hughes and Wade Dekker.

The City coach, whose team are 1212/1 to win the Grand Final, said: "Bruno is the type of player we have been looking for and we are excited to welcome him. We believe Bruno's experience in South America and his technical ability as a number 9 will greatly complement our other attacking players.

"Bruno will join us immediately in training this week and will be available for our FFA Cup campaign as we prepare for the start of the A-League season."

Fornaroli could make his debut in the FFA Cup Round of 16, which City reached by beating part-timers Edgeworth FC last week.

He said: "The club has made me feel very welcome, the whole staff and the playing group have received me well and made me feel comfortable. Fans can expect lots of sacrifice for the shirt, that's the first thing I put in my head when I arrive at a club."

Melbourne City are 23/10 to win their first game of the A-League season against Sydney FC, who are 11/10 with the draw 5/2.

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