City pick up 'Prickly Pear' to needle A-League defences

Melbourne City FC have boosted their attack signing former Serie A striker Bruno Fornaroli ahead of the Hyundai A-League 2015/16 season.

The 27-year-old Uruguayan put pen to paper on a two-year-deal, becoming the club's eighth signing of the off season.

Nicknamed El Tuna - or 'The Prickly Pear' – Fornaroli underwent his medical at the City Football Academy in Manchester, before training for a week with Manchester City FC’s Elite Development Squad, under Patrick Vieria.

He arrived in Melbourne on Monday, and immediately linked up with his teammates for a training session at Melbourne’s City Football Academy.

Coach John van ‘t Schip said Fornaroli has the speed, agility and technical skill to make an impact for City in the upcoming season.

"Bruno is the type of player we have been looking for and we are excited to welcome him to Melbourne City FC," van't Schip said.

"We believe Bruno’s experience in South America and his technical ability as a number 9 will greatly complement our other attacking players.

“Bruno will join us immediately in training this week and will be available for our FFA Cup campaign as we prepare for the start of the A-League season.”

Fornaroli began his career at Uruguayan club Nacional, starring in the club's youth ranks alongside Barcelona's Luis Suarez, while he also represented Uruguay at under-17 level in 2003.

The striker's breakout season came during his first senior campaign with Nacional in 2008, with Fornaroli scoring on 17 occasions in 37 appearances across the Uruguayan Primera Division and Copa Libertadores.



Following interest from Europe, Fornaroli completed spells for Serie A side Sampdoria and Greek Super League outfit Panathinaikos before returning to Uruguay to link up with most recent club Danubio FC.

The striker joins other pre-season acquisitions Ivan Franjic, Steve Kuzmanovski, Corey Gameiro, Harry Novillo, Michael Zullo, Aaron Hughes and Wade Dekker in bolstering City’s ranks. 

Fornaroli said: “The club has made me feel very welcome, the whole staff and the playing group have received me well and made me feel comfortable.

“Fans can expect lots of sacrifice for the shirt, that’s the first thing I put in my head when I arrive at a club.”

Fornaroli will wear the jersey number 23 and fill Melbourne City FC’s fourth VISA position.