City, Reds confirm player swap

Melbourne City have confirmed the signing of utility Osama Malik from Adelaide United, with midfielder Stefan Mauk departing the club to join the Reds.

In a further boost to City, former Mariners winger Nick Fitzgerald has also joined the club until the end of the 2015/16 season.

Malik has signed for the remainder of the 2015/16 campaign and through to the conclusion of the 2017/18 season.

City coach John van’t Schip said the signings represent the strengthening of the first team squad.

“Our focus during this transfer period has been to further support our existing squad members and provide additional depth in key positions,” van’t Schip said.

“We believe Osama and Nick add valuable experience, complement the squad and will be welcome additions.

“Meanwhile, Stefan has been a valuable contributor to the club and will pursue another opportunity, for which we wish him all the best.”

Mauk, 20, made 34 A-League appearances for Melbourne City, scoring four goals. The 20-year-old will link up with the Reds next week and will remain with his new club until the end of the 2017/18 campaign.

Adelaide United coach, Guillermo Amor, said he was delighted to acquire the youthful and exuberant of Mauk, who could debut for the Reds at home against the Newcastle Jets on Sunday, January 31.

“We are very happy to have Stefan joining us,” Amor said. “He has another South Australia player and this is important to us.

"He is a young, but very talented player with a big future in football. He will fit into our team and our style well.

“We are confident that he can have a big impact on our team and look forward to him being part of our club.”

In his time with Adelaide, Malik made 110 appearances for the club and scored two goals.

He was part of United’s inaugural FFA Cup winning side from 2015 and, in his first stint with the cub, was part of Adelaide's 2008 FIFA Club World Cup side, making two appearances in the competition.

Speaking on Malik’s departure, Amor said: “We are sad to see Ossie go, but want to thank him for all his efforts with our team.

“He is a great person who will be missed by everyone in the Club. We wish him well for the rest of his career.

"Everyone at Adelaide United wishes Malik the best for his future, and thank him for his commitment and service in the more than six years with the club."