Zullo returns to A-League with Melbourne City

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Melbourne City have signed fringe Socceroo Michael Zullo to a one-year deal after his contract with FC Utrecht expired in the off-season.

The 26-year-old endured a lengthy lay-off after suffering an ACL last July, but told FourFourTwo recently the rehabilitation process was "positive".

Zullo underwent his medical at the City Football Academy on Tuesday and is expected to travel with van’t Schip’s squad ahead of this Saturday night’s blockbuster clash with EPL powerhouse Manchester City at Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast.

The left-sided utility said his ambitions aligned perfectly with his new club.

“I think Melbourne City has the best setup in Australia right now and think the club’s goals and my goals align pretty well,” the former Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United man said.

“For me the priorities are to be in a really professional environment and at a club with the ambition to win.”

Queensland-born Zullo first burst onto the scene with Roar, making 53 appearances for the club before joining Dutch side Utrecht in 2010. He returned to Australia for a loan spell with Adelaide United during the 2013/14 season.

City coach John van’t Schip said Zullo would add experience and depth to his defence.

“We know Michael’s potential; he has spent time with a big club in Holland and with the Socceroos so we expect him to be an important member of the squad,” van ‘t Schip said.

“He is motivated for all the right reasons.”

Zullo recently told FourFourTwo it was vital he got his next club move right.

“It’s a pretty crucial time of my career,” he said in May.

“I’m entering that peak period and that’s why I’m really excited for next couple of seasons and why I need to make the right decision.

 “It’s pretty vital crossroads in my career. We’ll see what happens.”

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