2011/12 Playing Squad Nearing Completion

Melbourne Victory Football Club is pleased to announce it has secured the signatures of another two players as it looks to finalise its playing squad for the upcoming Hyundai A-League season.

Melbourne Victory Football Club is pleased to announce it has secured the signatures of another two players as it looks to finalise its playing squad for the upcoming Hyundai A-League season.

Left-back and former Brazil under-20 representative, Fabio Alves Macedo, put pen to paper on a 12-month deal after impressing in recent weeks since leaving Brazilian club Volta Redonda. While the club has also bolstered its goalkeeping stocks with the signing of 19 year-old former Sheffield United stopper, Lawrence Thomas.

Fabio, 26, was a standout in last weekend-s pre-season friendly win over reigning premier Brisbane Roar in Tasmania and Football Director, Francis Awaritefe, wasted no time in securing the Brazilian-s signature.

“Having lost Surat Sukha a couple of months ago, it was a priority of the Football Department to find a high quality replacement and Fabio certainly fits the bill.”

“Mehmet (Durakovic) and Kevin (Muscat) thought he had a fantastic game against Brisbane last weekend and we-re very pleased to have him onboard for the upcoming season.” Awaritefe added.

Thomas, 19, who has just returned home to Australia after a spell with English League 1 club, Sheffield United, has penned a 2-year deal with the two-time A-League champions and will provide stiff competition to current number 1, Tando Velaphi.

“Lawrence has shown that he-s a young ‘keeper with a bright future and under the tutelage of Steve Mautone we hope he can develop into an outstanding prospect for us in goal.” Awaritefe said.