Joel Chianese joins Sabah

Former Sydney FC forward Joel Chianese has joined promotion-chasing Sabah in the Malaysian Premier League. 

The deal ended the transfer speculation regarding a move for Thailand star Charyl Chappuis.

Sabah is coached by former Brisbane Roar title-winning coach Mike Mulvey.

Chianese's signing was confirmed by the club's CEO, Datuk Seri Panglima TC Goh, during a press conference at the Likas Stadium on Thursday.

The 25-year-old reportedly joined the Malaysian Premier League side from New Zealand's Auckland City after failing to register in time for the OFC Champions League group stages.

He took up the Asian slot in the Rhinos' foreign players quota, which was left vacant by Singapore international Fazrul Nawaz at the beginning of the season.

Chianese will wear the No. 6 jersey for Sabah.

(Picture: Sabah FA)