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Heart sign defender Patrick Kisnorbo

Melbourne Heart have signed former Socceroo defender Patrick Kisnorbo ahead of the 2013-14 A-League season.

Melbourne Heart are chasing defender Patrick Kisnorbo.
Melbourne Heart have signed Patrick Kisnorbo.

The ex-Leeds and Leicester player will return home to Melbourne to make his first appearance in the A-League.

Kisnorbo, 32, was a free agent having left Leeds United following four seasons at Elland Road.

Heart lost marquee signing Orlando Engelaar to a fractured leg for up to six months with Heart coach Jon Aloisi looking to reinforce the injury-hit squad.

"In addition to being an excellent defender, Patrick brings tremendous leadership qualities and competitiveness to our defensive half," said Aloisi.

"Anyone who has followed the Socceroos appreciates the energy and fearlessness with which Patrick plays and his all-round game means he can partner with anyone in central defence.

"Having him in the squad strengthens our spine and provides me with a number of tactical options."

The rugged centre-back made more than 120 league appearances for Leicester City, and also spent time with Scottish Premier League outfit Hearts, where he moved from South Melbourne in 2003.

He has won 18 caps for the Socceroos, the last in 2010 before he suffered an Achilles injury.

Heart have one spot still available in their squad, with on-trial striker Brent McGrath in contention for a contract ahead of the new campaign.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.


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