Adelaide United have re-signed versatile defender Michael Marrone until the end of the 2016/17 A-League season.
Marrone is currently in his second stint with the Reds after returning to his hometown club in 2013 following a stint with Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenxin.
His re-signing bolsters the club's already substantial local-player contingent.
Speaking about his two-year contract extension, Marrone said continuing to play under coach Josep Gombau was always his first choice.
“The coaches mentioned that they were happy with how I was playing and I’m enjoying my football here so it was an easy choice to re-sign,” the 28-year-old said.
“The coach committing to the club was a big factor in me re-signing also, players want to play the style he has brought in and we can challenge for the title so there was no reason not to stay.
“We have this squad until the end of the year and when everyone is fit we can go into every game thinking we can leave with maximum points.
“I haven’t had that luxury at other clubs and I’d love to win a Hyundai A-League title while I’m here.”
Gombau expressed his delight at keeping another local player at the club.
“He is a good signing because he’s from South Australia and we trust in the people from here and he has been doing very, very well since recovering from injury,” the Spaniard said.
“He’s a player with a lot of experience who has played in the Hyundai A-League and overseas and he adds a lot to our backline both in defence and going forward.
“We are so happy to have him here for another two seasons.”
Marrone has made a total of 52 appearances for Adelaide United throughout his two spells as at the club.comments