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.”