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Zullo leaves City for Sydney FC

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 12/05/2016 Ben McKay

Sydney FC have nabbed a second Melbourne City defender in the A-League off-season, signing left-back Michael Zullo.

Zullo joins Socceroo centre-back Alex Wilkinson in making the shift north to Graham Arnold's side.

Like Wilkinson, Zullo was out of contract and has agreed a two-year deal.

He was not offered a new deal by City coach John van 't Schip, and was reportedly tossing up whether to move to Sydney FC or home-town club Brisbane Roar.

The 27-year-old suggested a role in Sydney's Asian Champions League campaign was a factor in his move.

"I am delighted and extremely excited to be joining Sydney FC," he said.

"I've listened to Arnie's plans for next season and I'm excited by what we can achieve and I'm confident we will still be challenging in the Champions League."

Arnold has previously coached Zullo in the under-23 national team and said he was a "fantastic guy and outstanding player".

"Michael is a great signing for the club who will provide excellent cover on our left side after the departures of Alex Gersbach and Ali Abbas this year," he said.

"He has lots of experience having represented the Socceroos and played in the Dutch first division."

Separately on Thursday, Wilkinson was named president of Professional Footballers Australia (PFA).

The 31-year-old Socceroo was voted unanimously by the PFA executive to fill the vacancy left by departing president Matt McKay.

"To follow in the footsteps of former PFA presidents Greg Brown, Kimon Taliadoros, Alex Tobin, Simon Colosimo and Matt McKay is an honour," he said.

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