English Premier League promotion hero Joe Lolley rounds out Sydney FC's signing spree

English Premier League promotion hero Joe Lolley rounds out Sydney FC’s signing spree

Lolley’s signing follows that of 73-time Slovakian international Robert Mak, fresh from winning the Hungarian title with Ferencváros, ex-Western Sydney Wanderers star Jack Rodwell, who has crossed town and will likely be refashioned into a centre-back, and Spanish left- back Diego Caballo.

They should all give the Sky Blues hope for a swift return to title contention, having missed the A-League finals last season for the first time since 2015-16 after their worst campaign in a decade.

Joe Lolley joins an influx of fresh foreign faces at the Sky Blues this season.Credit:Getty

The five-time champions missed out on their primary transfer targets, with ex-Liverpool reject Lazar Markovic deciding to move to Turkey instead of taking up a lucrative designated player contract with Sydney, while fringe Socceroos attackers Brandon Borrello (Wanderers) and Ben Halloran ( Adelaide) both rejected the club’s advances to sign on less money elsewhere, according to well-placed sources.

The defection of Milos Ninkovic to Western Sydney was another sour point during the off-season but coach Steve Corica, who defied growing fan discontent to sign a two-year contract extension earlier this year, is happy with the way his squad has come together, and particularly pleased with the recruitment of Lolley.


“Joe’s got 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,” he 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 team.

“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.”