June 05, 2015 11:31:45 UK
Danny Vukovic is set to be Melbourne Victory’s first-choice goalkeeper next season, after signing a three-year deal with Kevin Muscat’s team.
Vukovic parted ways with Perth Glory at the end of last season, having played 106 games with his third A-League club.
The 30-year-old won the premiership with Central Coast in 2007-08, passing the century mark of appearances with the Mariners, and spent a year with Wellington Phoenix.
The former Australia U-23 player, who hails from Sydney, said he wanted to return to Australia’s east coast to be closer to his family as he and his wife Kristy are expecting their first child in July.
Victory released keepers Nathan Coe and Michael Turnbull last month, and Vukovic is likely to edge Lawrence Thomas for the No.1 spot at the club in the new season.
I have always admired Melbourne Victory from afar and I can’t wait to play in front of packed stadiums.
He joins the exodus from Perth in the wake of their salary cap controversy – Scott Jamieson, Rostyn Griffiths, Youssouf Hersi and Jack Duncan have already left.
“Melbourne Victory is the biggest club in the country and I look forward to working with Kevin and the team as the club looks to build on last season’s success,” said Vukovic.
“I have always admired Melbourne Victory from afar and I can’t wait to play in front of packed stadiums week in, week out.”
Muscat, whose team are 3.75 to win the Grand Final, said he was delighted to secure Vukovic’s services for the next three years.
The Victory coach added: “He has proven himself as a quality goalkeeper time and time again over the past 10 years and having played and coached against him, I have always been impressed with him as a person and by his attitude and desire to succeed.”
Meanwhile, Australia are 51.00 to win the Women’s World Cup.
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