Sydney FC lock down another key star as Michael Zullo signs new contract extension

Sydney FC have locked down another key player, their second in two days, with former Socceroo Michael Zullo re-signing with the A-League champions for two years.

The 31-year-old defender has played 100 games for the Sky Blues – 77 Hyundai A-League matches, 15 FFA Cup games and eight AFC Champions League appearances – having won five trophies in his three seasons at the club.

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“It has been the most successful period of my career and I am sure there will be more silverware ahead, so that makes it a very easy decision to re-sign,” Zullo said in a statement on Wednesday.

The fullback will have racked up five years at the end of his contract in 2021/22, joining the likes of Rhyan Grant, Alex Wilkinson, Milos Ninkovic and Brandon O’Neill in passing the half decade milestone.

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Zullo’s announcement follows the re-signing of marquee midfielder Ninkovic on Tuesday. Both had been sought by Ante Milicic’s new team, the Macarthur Bulls. Sydney’s attention now turns to inking deals with a number of other key players, including midfielder Luke Brattan, Socceroos keeper Andrew Redmayne, and English striker Adam Le Fondre.

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But head coach Steve Corica says the club’s re-signing of Zullo and Ninkovic “bodes well” for their other negotiations.

“We’ve already secured Wilkinson, Ninkovic, now Zullo, plus some of the younger boys,” he said in a statement.

“It shows the culture and winning mentality that we’ve created at Sydney FC is second to none, that so many players are keen to stick around.”

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