City hold onto Novillo

Melbourne City's strong off-season has continued with the signing of attacker Harry Novillo to a permanent deal.

Novillo, 23, joined City in March as an injury replacement for Damien Duff, and he impressed in 10 A-League appearances for the club.

And City have managed to hold onto the French-born Martinique international, who has signed a two-year contract.

City coach John van 't Schip believes Novillo will get even better with a full pre-season.

"Harry was an important player and contributor for us in the final three months of the season and illustrated his value to the team during that period,” he said.

“Despite joining the team in March, Harry was able quickly adapt to a new environment and make a positive contribution and he is an exciting player.

“With Harry here from the start of the pre-season, we are confident that he will be able to give even more to the team next season."

Novillo's stay adds to the signings of Ivan Franjic, Corey Gameiro and Steve Kuzmanovski.

The former Lyon man scored three goals in his short stay at the end of last season, and his pace troubled opposition defences.