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 By AAP

Sydney FC appoint Steve Corica as Graham Arnold's successor

Steve Corica is Sydney FC's new head coach, stepping up after serving a seven-year apprenticeship as assistant.

The 45-year-old former Socceroos midfielder has been preferred over a number of foreign candidates as the man to replace Graham Arnold on a two-year deal.

Corica was previously an assistant at Sydney FC under four head coaches -- Vitezslav Lavicka, Ian Crook, Frank Farina and then Arnold.

"I'm very honoured and proud to be the head coach of Sydney FC," Corica said.

"I'm very passionate about the club. I've been here from the start, 13 years, as a player, captain, assistant coach, youth team coach, and now it's my time to take the club forward as head coach."

The appointment of Corica, who played for Sydney from 2005-10, signals a decision by the club to stick with the philosophy and culture that brought so much success under Socceroos coach-in-waiting Arnold.

Defensive rock Alex Wilkinson has re-signed though his central defensive partner Jordy Buijs and right-back Luke Wilkshire have both left the club.

Bobo's expected re-commitment is still to be confirmed and, while the club is optimistic Milos Ninkovic will also stay, the futures of skipper Alex Brosque, David Carney, Fabio Ferreira and Anthony Kalik remain up in the air.

Pacy attacker Trent Buhagiar was signed from Central Coast last week.

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