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Jul 12, 2016   |  12:07AM AET

Sydney FC Sign Young Midfielder

Sydney FC Sign Young Midfielder

Sydney FC has secured the services of talented young midfielder Joshua Brillante on a three year deal, the club announced today.

Brillante joins the Sky Blues from Serie A outfit Fiorentina whom he joined in 2014, and linked up with his Sydney FC team mates for his first training session today.

The Bundaberg born utility had loan stints at Serie B sides Empoli and Como during his time in Italy, having earlier represented the Newcastle Jets in the Hyundai A-League from 2012 to 2014. 

It was at Hunter Stadium where he made a name for himself and was voted Player of the Year for season 2013/14, earning a call up to the provisional 30-man Socceroos squad ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2014.

Brillante said he was thrilled with the move and said he can’t wait for the new season to kick off in October.

“I’m delighted to be joining such an iconic club in Sydney FC,” he said.

“The club has fantastic support and I’m looking forward to playing in front of the Sky Blues Members.

“The lure of working under Graham Arnold was a huge draw card and like Sydney FC I’m always striving for silverware which I believe we can achieve this season.

“I’ve got my eyes set on regular first team football and I’m eager to get underway.”

Click here to see Brillante’s exclusive first interview.

Often deployed in central midfield, the 23 year old is equally adept on the right hand side of defence, and Head Coach Graham Arnold praised Brillante as a welcome addition to his squad.

“Josh is a great acquisition for the club being a versatile player and has had experience playing for our national teams and Socceroos,” he said.

“As a 23 year old he is young and hungry and has taken a brave step coming back to the A-League.  That’s the type of player we want at Sydney FC,” Arnold continued.

“With his experience playing abroad, I believe we have signed a better and more mature player than when he left the A-League and I’m looking forward to working with him.

“Josh’s attributes will bring quality competition for places and I’m excited for what is in store this year.”

Brillante becomes Sydney FC’s third new signing ahead of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season following the arrivals of defenders Alex Wilkinson and Michael Zullo.



Age:                    23

Date of Birth:     25 March 1993

Place of Birth:    Bundaberg


Club career:

2010-2012          Gold Coast United             14 games (0 goals)

2012-2014           Newcastle Jets                    46 (0)

2014-16               Fiorentina (Italy)                  2 (0)

2015 [loan]          Empoli (Italy)                       1 (0)

2015-16 [loan]     Como (Italy)                       20 (0)

2016 –                   Sydney FC



2014                  Australia U-23                     10 (1)

2013 –                Australia                               5 (0)


Sydney FC Players Currently Contracted For 2016/17:

George Blackwood

Josh Brillante

Aaron Calver

David Carney

Milos Dimitrijevic

Rhyan Grant

Filip Holosko

Vedran Janjetovic

Matthew Jurman

Milos Ninkovic

Brandon O’Neill

Sebastian Ryall

Alex Wilkinson

Michael Zullo


CLICK HERE to become a Sydney FC Member for Hyundai A-League season 2016/17.