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By ESPN Staff

Garcia joins Sydney FC on one-year deal

Socceroos forward Richard Garcia will join Sydney FC for the 2013-2014 A-League season the club announced on Friday.

Garcia will join the Sky Blues from Melbourne Heart where he played 24 games last season and scored six goals.

The 31-year-old former Hull City player will join an impressive attacking line that includes Alessandro Del Piero, Corey Gameiro, Joel Chianese, Yairo Yau, Mitch Mallia and Blake Powell.

"I'm thrilled to be joining Sydney FC," Garcia said in a statement.

"Sydney FC is a big club with big expectations and that's something I thrive on.

"To be playing alongside players like Alessandro Del Piero, Brett Emerton and Nick Carle will be a fantastic experience for me and something I'm very much looking forward to.

"I can't wait to start pre-season training with the team and I look forward to working hard with the rest of the boys to win a spot and then helping Sydney FC push for success this season."

Sydney FC coach Frank Farina, who is ramping up the team's pre-season preparation on their tour of Italy, said Garcia was a key addition to his squad.

"He is a proven performer at the highest levels of the game, has played English Premier League and been to a World Cup," Farina said.

"He did well last year in the A-League and he fits in with what we are trying to implement and achieve at Sydney FC this season.

"Richie is a leader and a winner on and off the pitch and they are important ingredients when looking at who we bring to Sydney FC. He can play as a striker or a midfielder and I think he will suit our style of game just perfectly."

Garcia represented Australia at the 2010 World Cup and has played 18 internationals for the Socceroos, scoring two goals.

He made 114 appearances for Hull City from 2007 to 2012, which included two seasons in the English Premier League.

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