Sydney sign former Serbian World Cup star

Sydney FC have replaced midfielder Milos Dmitrijevic with the signing of fellow Serbian Milos Ninkovic for the next two years.

A former international capped 28 times for the Orlovi, Ninkovic can play in an attacking role or in central midfield. The 30-year-old has spent most of his career with Dynamo Kyiv in the Ukraine.

Ninkovic made 17 appearances for French Ligue I side Evian last season, playing on the wings and in a variety of midfield positions.

Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold believes Ninkovic will be a standout in the A-League.

“I’m so excited that Milos is coming to Sydney FC and to the A-League,” Arnold said.

“He’s got a wonderful pedigree – last year he played in the top league in France and the 2010 World Cup and he shows the type of quality we want at Sydney FC.

Ninkovic played against the Socceroos at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and his last cap for Serbia came in 2012.

Arnold added: “I’m excited after talking with him. He’s a great guy, and I’m looking forward to working with him. I’m sure he’ll excite all the Sydney FC members and fans.”

Ninkovic is the Sky Blues’ third visa signing but does not fill the club’s marquee spot, vacated by Austrian striker and last season’s Golden Boot, Marc Janko.

Sydney still have two visa positions left following the departures of Janko, Dmitrijevic and Serbian defender Nikola Petkovic.

Senegalese pair Jacques Faty and Mickael Tavares are the club’s other foreign players.

Ninkovic has made 227 club appearances in Serbia, Ukraine, France and in European competitions, for 22 goals and 24 assists and said he was delighted by the move Down Under.

 “I can’t wait to play in the A-League,” Ninkovic said.

“Sydney FC is a renowned club and one of the biggest in the league. I’m eager to represent the Sky Blues and show Australia what I can do.

“I’m excited to be able to play in the Asian Champions League and I hope I can bring success to Sydney FC. I want to win silverware.”

The Belgrade-born midfielder will arrive in Australia next month following his visa approval.