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Josh Brillante signs with Sydney FC

NZN 12/07/2016 Emma Kemp

Josh Brillante has sealed his A-League homecoming, signing a three-year deal with Sydney FC.

The 23-year-old fringe Socceroo returns two years after leaving Newcastle for Serie A side Fiorentina, for whom he made two appearances before being loaned out to fellow Serie A outfit Empoli.

He spent the past season on loan at Serie B club Como.

Brillante, a central midfielder who can also play right-back, was a star during his two years at the Jets, so much so that Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou included him in his extended squad before the 2014 World Cup.

But he endured a turbulent spell in Italy, being picked for a shock starting debut against Roma just weeks after arriving, before giving away possession and being substituted after 35 minutes.

Now, the Bundaberg-born Queensland Academy of Sport product is looking for stability and regular first-team football.

"The lure of working under Graham Arnold was a huge drawcard," Brillante said.

"Like Sydney FC, I'm always striving for silverware, which I believe we can achieve this season."

Arnold believed Brillante's experience abroad had made him a more-mature player, and someone who could help the Sky Blues' quest to become competitive again in the 2016-17 season.

"Josh is a great acquisition for the club, being a versatile player, and he's had experience playing for our national teams and Socceroos," Arnold said.

"As a 23-year-old, he's young and hungry.

"And he's taken a brave step coming back to the A-League - that's the type of player we want at Sydney FC."

Brillante's is Sydney's third off-season signing along with former Melbourne City defenders Alex Wilkinson and Michael Zullo.

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