Matt McKay will return to his hometown club for the coming A-League season after signing a two-year deal with Brisbane to be their Australian marquee player.
As reported by Fairfax Media last Wednesday, McKay was in discussions with his former club to become their first recruit of the transfer period. The Roar wasted no time in submitting an offer for their former captain after he left Chinese club Changchun Yatai by mutual agreement and beat another Asian club for his signature.
McKay, 30, said it was an easy decision to sign with the Roar.
''I'm very happy to be back in Brisbane and back at the Roar," said McKay, who led the club to the 2010-11 Premiers' Plate and Championship trophy.
"This club and this city is so close to my heart, and I'm really looking forward to that moment when I pull on the orange jersey again and walk out into Suncorp Stadium."
The Socceroo left the Roar after guiding them to their maiden A-League title in 2011 and had spells in Scotland, with Glasgow Rangers, and South Korea, with Busan I'Park, before his six months in China.
A midfielder by trade, he has established himself as a regular at left full-back for Australia and has earned 41 caps.
"Having a leader like Matt coming into such a competitive team will lift the bar across the whole squad," Roar coach Mike Mulvey said.
"The fact that Socceroos like Matt are returning to the A-League leading into the most important World Cup for Australian football is testament to the growing strength of the competition.''
Meanwhile, at least three overseas players are on trial with Sydney FC in Italy in the hope of securing the last visa spot at the club. Italian veteran midfielder Vincenzo Italiano said he was training with the Sky Blues in a bid to secure a deal to play alongside Alessandro Del Piero.
"It is a great honour for me to train with Del Piero and think about playing alongside him," Italiano said.
Croatian striker Vedran Niksic and German midfielder Manuel Marschel are also trialling.