Melbourne Victory lure Macedonian international home

Melbourne Victory have bolstered their defensive ranks, signing Australian-born right back and Macedonian international, Daniel Georgievski, to a one-year-deal.

Georgievski, a former Marconi Junior, has played at the highest level in Europe, including UEFA Champions League group matches, as well as notching up 20 international appearances.

Coach Kevin Muscat said he was delighted to have player of Georgievski’s experience and skill prowling the Victory’s backline.

Last season the A-league outfit had one of the worst defensive records in the league, conceding 43 goals. And despite the third best attack stats, finished the 2013/14 campaign with a minus-one goal difference.

“Daniel brings quality and experience to Victory, having played at the highest levels in both international and European football,” Muscat said.

“At 26, Daniel is certainly in the prime of his football career and will be an important asset for our squad this year, a season which will be one of our biggest yet."

Georgievski joins Victory after two years with Romanian side Steaua Bucuresti in Romanian’s top-flight, where he took part in the club’s most recent UEFA Champions League campaign, playing five of the six matches against Chelsea, Basel and FC Schalke 04.

The Blacktown-born player said he was looking forward to returning to his country of birth and playing in the A-League.

“I certainly have followed the progress of the A-League closely over the past few years and when the opportunity arose to return to Australia and play at the biggest club in the league, I was very interested in heading to Melbourne,” Georgievski said.

“I’ve spoken to Kevin about what he expects and have told him what I believe I can bring to Melbourne Victory and I know it is going to be a very big season for the club and me as a player.

“Playing in Australia, a country that means so much to me, is certainly an exciting opportunity and I can’t wait to start training, meet the Victory players and get the season underway.”

Georgievski will link up with his new teammates once the squad returns from its pre-season friendly in Adelaide on Friday afternoon.