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Jurman signs for Sydney FC A-League return

Sydney FC have boosted their sometimes fragile defence for next A-League season by signing dual premiership winner Matt Jurman on a one-year deal.

Jurman was part of Sydney FC's 2009-10 championship-premiership double before emulating that success with the Brisbane Roar in 2011/12.

The 23-year-old, who played all of his junior football in Sydney, returns to the club where he spent two seasons before moving to Brisbane.

"When I was here before, I was basically a young kid trying to work my trade and, since then, I think I've grown up a lot and I've got a lot of experience playing with Brisbane and the Olyroos," said Jurman.

"I'm definitely a lot more experienced and I want to be playing as much as I can."

Sydney FC released defenders Fabio Alves and Adam Griffiths last month and coach Frank Farina welcomed Jurman's decision to join as he seeks a squad that can be a factor in the finals next season after missing out last season.

"Matt Jurman is a good left-sided defender and he's a valuable addition to our team," Farina said.

Jurman felt confident Sydney FC, who boast superstar Alessandro Del Piero, were on the right track under Farina, who took over as the club struggled early last season.

"The way the team was playing at the end of the year, you could tell that they were playing a lot better obviously," said Jurman.

"I think they were a bit unlucky (not to make the finals) in the end but I think everyone's going to be hungry to have a big season next year and so am I, so it will work out well."


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