Sydney FC sign Mariners defender Bojic
Sydney FC have added to their defence stocks ahead of the next A-League season with the signing of Central Coast's Pedj Bojic while Brazilian Tiago Calvano will stay on with the club.
Bojic on Wednesday penned a two-year deal to keep him at the Sky Blues until the end of the 2014-15 season.
The 29-year-old defender spent the past five years with the Mariners but was released by the A-League champions last month.
Bojic said the long commute between Gosford and his Sydney home had worn him out.
"I'm a Sydney boy and it feels right to be playing with Sydney FC. It feels like home," he said in a statement.
"I enjoyed my time at the Mariners but I was commuting from Sydney every day and eventually it wore me down. I knew something needed to change.
"I'm really grateful to the Mariners for giving me a release and I'd like to thank the Club, the players and the fans for the last five years."
Calvano has signed a one-year contract after playing nine games with the club as an injury replacement for Pascal Bosschaart at the end of last season.
"I'm very much looking forward to the start of the season and think we can achieve a lot this year," he said.
The pair join Matt Jurman, Marc Warren and Nick Carle as new additions to Frank Farina's squad for next season.
"There's no hiding from the fact we needed to strengthen our defence and bringing them into the squad does that," Farina said.
"Pedj is a quality defender, who also offers a lot going forward, and has been a critical part of a winning side for the last few years."