New Melbourne Victory signing Damien Da Silva has hit the coaching observe along with his new membership because the bottom-of-the desk aspect can be linked to a younger ahead.
The 34-year-old centre-back joined Victory from Lyon following 243 appearances in France’s Ligue 1 with Lyon, Stade Rennais and Caen.
Da Silva made seven Ligue 1 appearances with Lyon this season earlier than his switch and was used as a fullback in his most up-to-date two begins in a present of his versatility.
Melbourne Victory coach Tony Popovic mentioned he was happy to safe the Frenchman’s companies for the rest of the A-League Males’s season.
“We’re excited to welcome Damien to the squad and we’re trying ahead to see what he brings to Melbourne Victory,” Popovic mentioned.
“He’s an skilled defender who has performed on the prime degree in France for numerous years and we imagine he might be an extremely invaluable asset to our defensive group.”
Da Silva mentioned he noticed his A-League transfer as a “new and thrilling problem”.
“I’ve spoken to lots of people about Australia and Melbourne Victory and know that it’s the greatest membership with the very best followers within the league, and I hope to have the ability to ship for them on the pitch,” he mentioned.
Da Silva will assist fill the void left in defence by retired Socceroo Matthew Spiranovic, who introduced his profession was over after he did not shake off a lingering foot damage.
Victory sits on the foot of the ladder however is simply two wins from a finals spot with a sport in hand simply after the halfway level of the season.
A 3-1 win over Wellington Phoenix on Friday has sparked hopes of a late-season revival, whereas the Victory roster has additionally been bolstered with the signing of former Adelaide United, Melbourne Metropolis and Western Sydney Wanderers winger Bruce Kamau on mortgage.
Melbourne has additionally been linked by worldwide media shops to 22-year-old Paraguayan ahead Fernando Romero, who performs for Paraguayan Primera Division aspect Cerro Porteno.
Paraguayan soccer information web site D10 mentioned Romero was set to signal on mortgage with Victory for 5 months, with a doable buyout clause.