Sydney FC have confirmed one of the worst kept secrets in the A-League by snaring Socceroo Simon Colosimo from rivals Perth on a two-year deal.
The 29-year-old captained the Glory in 2007-08 and played 50 games for the Perth club over the first three seasons of the A-League, but said he now wants to test himself playing for one of the most scrutinised teams in the country.
"I'm thrilled to be joining Sydney FC," Colosimo said.
"They are a big club and I am looking forward to the extra pressure and expectation that goes with playing for Sydney FC.
"I enjoyed my time at Perth, but I'm now looking forward to the challenge of establishing myself in the Sydney team and helping them stay at the top of the A-League."
Colosimo made his Socceroo debut in 1998 and has played 24 internationals, scoring three goals, as well as representing Australia at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
His most recent overseas stint came last year when he spent the A-League off-season with Sivasspor in Turkey.
Colosimo has also played with Manchester City and in Belgium and Malaysia, but has spent the majority of his 11-year professional career in Australia with Carlton, South Melbourne, Perth Glory and Parramatta Power in the old National Soccer League.
He will join Sydney when the team returns to pre-season training for the 2008-09 season.
"Simon is a quality player and will make a great addition to our squad for the next two years," Sydney FC chief executive George Perry said.
"We are committed to giving the Sydney FC fans a strong side and Simon's arrival is the start of our recruiting for 2008-09."