Kisnorbo re-signs with Heart

Central defender Patrick Kisnorbo has signed a new one-year deal with Melbourne Heart.

The robust centre-back demonstrated his reliability against some of the league’s most dangerous strikers, while also providing an attacking threat from set-pieces and scoring two goals this season.

Melbourne Heart FC Head Coach John van’t Schip said Kisnorbo, 33, would be a valuable member of the squad next season.

“Patrick has improved further in his role as centre back and is a true leader at this club,” van’t Schip said.

“Patrick is experienced, relishes a challenge and while he loves defending, he also brings an added aerial threat from free-kicks and corners.”

Kisnorbo, who is originally from Melbourne but has played much of his career in England, said he was excited to be a part of the club next season in the city in which he grew up.

“Melbourne and this club is now home for me and I am delighted to remain here next season,” Kisnorbo said.

“There is a burning desire for us to perform next season and I want to help this club achieve success.”

Despite being bought by English Premier League giants Manchester City for $11.25 million in January, Heart has embarked on a modest rebuild to date with Kisnorbo joining recent re-signings David Williams, Tando Velaphi and Jason Hoffman.

The club currently sits at the bottom of the league ladder with just one game remaining in the regular season.