Sydney FC’s inaugural Hyundai A-League Championship winning midfielder David Carney has re-joined the Sky Blues after the 32-year old agreed a deal until the end of the 2016/17 Hyundai A-League season.
Carney will begin training with his new teammates this morning and will be available for the trip to Adelaide United on Friday night.
The former Socceroo is delighted with the move to Allianz Stadium and says he can’t wait to pull on the Sky Blue shirt again.
“It feels great to be coming home,” he said. “Sydney FC is a huge club and we have a great chance of winning silverware this season.
“I spent a fantastic two years here when the A-League started and I had a great relationship with fans who were amazing so I’m really looking forward to coming back.
“It’s an exciting time for the club with the AFC Champions League just around the corner and with the talent we have in the squad I’m confident we can have a successful few months.”
Carney, who will wear the number 17 shirt, was on the score sheet for the Sky Blues during the FIFA Club World Championship in 2005 scoring the goal that secured fifth place in the competition. He also made his mark scoring in the 2005 Oceania Club Championship and featuring in Sydney FC’s first ever AFC Champions League campaign in 2007.
Sydney FC Head Coach Graham Arnold said Carney’s addition and experience will be invaluable over the next few months with games coming thick and fast.
“I’ve worked with David at national team level and he has a lot of ability,” said the Sky Blues coach. “He will be a very good addition to our squad coming into this busy period, especially going into the last ten games of the A-League season and heading into our AFC Champions League campaign.
“He gives us another attacking option, he is a creative player and very good in one on one situations, and I look forward to working with him again.
“He is Sydney born and bred and was a fan favourite during his first spell with the club, and I’m confident he will be a success again.”
The new Sky Blues signing added his thanks to his previous club the Newcastle Jets.
“I enjoyed my time with the Jets and in particular with the fans who were brilliant but now I’m happy to be home,” said Carney.
Carney played 38 times for Sydney FC during two seasons for the club between 2005 and 2007, scoring seven goals. The left footer has been capped 48 times for the Socceroos and has scored six goals. He represented Australia at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa as well as the 2007 and 2011 Asian Cups.