Sydney seal deal for Anderson

Sydney FC have completed the signing of Zac Anderson, reuniting the defender with his former Central Coast Mariners coach, Graham Arnold.

Anderson move to the Sky Blues on a one-year deal will bolster the club’s central defensive stocks following the departure of Nikola Petkovic to Belgian club Westerlo.

The towering centre back was signed by Arnold to the Central Coast, where he spent three seasons, and the Sydney boss believes he can get the player back to his best.

“Zac has a lot of A-League and Asian Champions League experience and will serve us very well this season,” the title-winning coach told the club’s wesbite.

“Obviously I’ve worked with him before and I know the quality he has.  He will give us great depth and competition for places, and at 24 he is at a great age as well.”

Fairfax Media reported that Anderson turned down more lucrative offers to reunite with Arnold.

“It’s a great move for me and I’m looking forward to working again with Arnie,” he said.

“Sydney FC has a fantastic support and are one of the Hyundai A-League’s biggest clubs, it’s a huge honour to be signing for them.

“I can’t wait to get started and meet my new team mates and I’m hopeful the club can again challenge for silverware this season.”

The Queensland-born player becomes Sydney’s fourth signing of the off-season following the arrivals of Andrew Hoole, Brandon O’Neill and Riley Woodcock.

With Anderson adding to the club’s defensive ranks which includes Jacques Faty, Matt Jurman, Sebastian Ryall and Aaron Calver, Sydney can now focus on their forward line.