Red hot Cirio re-signs with Adelaide

Adelaide United have received a huge boost ahead of the second-half of the season with influential Spanish forward Sergio Cirio re-signing until the end of 2016/17.

Cirio, a key figure in Adelaide’s title-charge, has made 42 appearances and scored 18 goals since joining the Reds at the start of 2013/14.

He was awarded the inaugural Mark Viduka Medal for most outstanding player in Adelaide’s FFA Cup final win over Perth Glory.

“There are a lot of reasons behind why I have decided to re-sign with Adelaide United,” Cirio told the club’s website.

“I am happy here in Adelaide, the team is playing very good, and we’re in a good position in the A-League.

“But the most important reason is because I want to win things here with United because I am really appreciative of everybody, from the coaches and staff to the fans as well.

“From my first day I have felt like I have been at home, so I feel I should return all these great things.

Coach Josep Gombau said Cirio’s influence at the club would continue to grow.

“I am so happy that Cirio has extended his contract,” Gombau said.

“Sergio is the type of player that suits the style we are playing and also a very good person in the group.

“These qualities are very important to the club. And bring a lot of value to the team.

“He is now at the age where he should be able to play his best football and we are confident that over the next two years he can be one of the important players in our team.”