Sydney FC has added further English Premier League experience to its squad with the signing of attacker Joe Lolley.
Lolley, 29, made six appearances for Huddersfield Town in the 2017-18 Premier League season.
Since then he has spent the past five seasons in the second-tier English Championship with Nottingham Forest, helping then gain promotion the Premier League for the 2022-23 campaign which started this month.
However, having been deemed surplus to requirements at Forest, he grabbed the chance to move to Sydney FC, where he will team with another ex-Premier League player in former Everton, Manchester City and Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell, who joined the Sky Blues last week after a season with Western Sydney Wanderers.
“I’m extremely excited to be joining Sydney FC,” said Lolley, who has signed a two-year deal with his new club.
“I know there’s a lot of expectation to win every season, which is a great challenge,
and they’ve got a fantastic plan in place to do that, which really attracted me to
make the move.
“I really appreciate the intent shown by the club in bringing me to Sydney.
“The club expects to win and I’m looking forward to getting on the pitch with the lads
ahead of the season starting in around eight weeks.”
Sydney FC coach Steve Corica said Lolly had “proven quality at a high level in England”.
“He is the type of player we were targeting and we had to be patient to secure him,” Corica said.
“He brings a goal threat with his ability to cut inside and can also pick a pass.
“He’s got great energy, an amazing ability to carry the ball and works hard for the
“Fans love him because he gives his all and I know he was hugely popular at
Nottingham Forest, so I’m sure he will be here.”