Austrian international captain Marc Janko will join what coach Graham Arnold has described as a "frightening front line" after signing a one-year deal with Sydney FC.
The 1.96 metre striker bolsters an already potent attack force that includes Shane Smeltz, Bernie Ibini, Alex Brosque and Corey Gameiro.
The 31-year-old will link up with his new Sky Blues team mates for the first time on Monday morning.
Janko replaces the club's former international marquee, Italian superstar Alessandro del Piero.
If they seem like big shoes to fill the striker pointed out his own boots are sizeable.
"I have big shoes, I'm quite tall," Janko said.
And he has big hopes of adding to his impressive silverware haul.
"I have high expectations... I want to win titles this year and I hope we can celebrate together after this season with the fans," he said.
— Marc Janko (@JankoMarc) July 31, 2014
A regular goal-scorer during his career, the former Porto, FC Twente and Trabzonspor forward has also played 40 times for his country, scoring 17 times.
Coach Graham Arnold said the towering hitman was the perfect fit for his squad.
"We have a very frightening front line, the players will need to pick themselves," he told media at the announcement.
"(Janko) has got quick feet for a big man. He has so much quality."
Arnold added that the Austrian had an "exceptional goal-scoring record and is a fantastic addition to our attacking options, he will complement our current strikers well.
“We have put in a lot of time and effort to ensure he has the right qualities and right character to fit into our squad, and I’m very happy we have been able to sign him.
“At 6 foot 5 he will cause a lot of problems for opposition defenders and he will give us a different threat up front.”
Janko is one of Austrian football’s most recognisable players having scored 75 goals in 108 appearances during a five-year career at Red Bull Salzburg. During that time he helped them lift three Bundesliga titles.
He joined FC Twente in 2010 scoring 24 times in 45 games, including the winner in the Dutch Cup against Ajax.
He moved to FC Porto in January 2012 where his 8 goals in 12 matches helped the club lift the Portuguese championship.
A switch to Trabzonspor in Turkey in August 2012 followed but the big striker had trouble settling in and is delighted by the opportunity at Sydney FC.
The Austria skipper says he sees himself "as a leader and to deliver the goals."
He added: “I am thrilled to be joining Sydney FC and can’t wait to get started.
“I have come here to win trophies and play in the Asian Champions League and I am confident that I will achieve this with Sydney FC.
“I have spoken with (chairman) Scott Barlow and Graham Arnold and I am excited about the future direction of this club. I believe I can contribute a big part to this success.
“I have also heard a lot about the passion of the Members and supporters for the club and I look forward to playing in front of them.”
The Austrian has been handed the No 21 shirt – his lucky number – and could play as early as next Wednesday when the Sky Blues take on Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC at Leichhardt Oval.
Barlow said Janko brought goals and leadership to the squad.
“Marc is a striker of international pedigree having played for some of Europe’s biggest and most well-known clubs where his goal scoring record speaks for itself,” Barlow said.
“He has won league championships in Portugal and Austria, as well as the Dutch Cup and Dutch Super Cup.
“As the current captain of the Austrian national team Marc is a proven leader and he brings with him these qualities to our club.”1 comment