MELBOURNE Victory boss Ange Postecoglou hopes new signing James Troisi can use the A-League to revive his career ahead of the World Cup finals in Brazil next year.
Troisi, 25, has signed for Victory on a one-year loan deal from Atalanta in Italy’s Serie A.
The midfielder hooks up with his teammates in Tasmania today ahead of the club's pre-season friendly against the Western Sydney Wanderers in Hobart on Sunday.
Postecoglou claims the Victory have already proven themselves as a platform for players looking to regenerate their careers and hopes Troisi can do the same.
“He’s a quality player and he’s really hungry and motivated to do well," said Postecoglou. "Obviously the national team is on the horizon and the World Cup’s on the horizon.”
“He had a couple of fantastic years in Turkey and didn’t get a lot of game time last year. I think he sees this as a place where he can sort of re-launch his career.
“We’re pretty good at that and we’ve already proven ourselves at this football club. We can certainly help players who are ambitious and help them realize their dreams.”
Adelaide-born Troisi has been plying his trade overseas since leaving Adelaide City in 2005, enjoying stints at Genclerbirligi and Kayserispor in Turkey before a frustrating switch to Atalanta last season.
He also boasts international experience, having amassed nine caps for Australia since making his debut in 2008, scoring one goal.
“We’re pleased because we’re getting another quality player in our team and another guy who has represented his country,” said Postecoglou.
“He’s super excited about joining our club and playing in the A-League and I think he’ll be a fantastic addition for us.
“If you look at our front half now we’ve got not only competition for places but depth and real quality there to tackle the season.”
Despite bringing in Troisi and marquee signing Pablo Contreras just over two weeks out from the start of the season, Postecoglou believes they will gel with the squad in no time.
“We’ve got a couple of weeks to get them right… but these guys are professional players.” said Postecoglou.
“I know it’s unusual because we’ve got such a long pre-season that it seems like we’re doing it late in the piece.
“But if you’re in Europe it’s pretty much the norm that players join in, particularly quality players, that can join in pretty late and contribute straight from round one.”