Melbourne City have signed Socceroo striker and World Cup veteran Josh Kennedy as the club's Australian marquee until the end of the 2015/16 season.
The high profile signing is a shot in the arm for City who are winless after four rounds and still dealing with the sudden departure of Spanish superstar David Villa after just four games.
Kennedy, known as 'Jesus' for his appearance and campaign-saving goals, will join the club in January next year from Japanese side Nagoya Grampus.
His prolific scoring was a significant factor in Nagoya achieving its first ever J-League title and Kennedy winning the J-League’s Golden Boot award in 2010 and 2011.
More recently the beanpole striker has struggled with back problems that have curtailed his game time.
The deal sees the Victorian-born player return to the state where he played his junior football, before he embarked on an overseas career in Germany and Japan.
Kennedy has represented Australia on 33 occasions, scoring 17 goals for the Socceroos, with his most important in Australia’s World Cup qualification match in June 2013.
His 83rd minute header secured a 1-0 win over Iraq and a spot at this year’s FIFA World Cup Finals in Brazil.
Melbourne City FC Head Coach John van’t Schip said: “Josh is a wonderful addition to our squad. He is the right person and the right player for Melbourne City FC and we look forward to him joining us in January.
“Josh’s record shows that he is a proven goal scorer and with the high quality of players around him, we are confident that he can create significant problems for defences in the A-League.”
Commenting on the move Kennedy said: “After a very long period abroad, the timing is right to join Melbourne City and I’m very excited about this project.
"It's a new chapter in my career, but my goal will be the same - to help my club achieve all of its aspirations. I believe Melbourne City has huge potential.”