Sydney FC received a boost on the eve of the 2012-2013 A-League after experienced midfielder Paul Reid signed a one-year contract with the Sky Blues starting on 1 October.
The 33-year-old defensive midfielder, who made two appearances for Australia in 2009, joins Sydney after a career that started in Wollongong and took him to England, Melbourne and Thailand.
But home is where the heart is and Reid couldn’t be happier in a Sky Blue shirt, the club said.
“It’s definitely going to be a special time, my family are all here and it’ll be great to be playing in front of them,” Reid said.
“When the opportunity arose to come back and trial at Sydney FC it was too good to refuse.
“I said to my wife after the first day, they’re a really great bunch of guys.
”It’s always hard to come into a new team but it felt really comfortable the first day and they really welcomed me on board.
”It plays a big part when you go to a new club so I feel at home here and I’m really looking forward to helping the team improve on where Sydney finished last season.”
Sydney coach Ian Crook said he was delighted to have signed Reid.
“Reidy has been a very good player over a long period of time,” Crook said.
“He gives us some experience and strength in the middle of the park.
”Defensively he’s strong in the midfield but he is also a winner, a good pro and he will help get us to where we are trying to get.”
Reid will forever be remembered for his dramatic last-minute goal in the 2000 NSL Grand Final which levelled the scores at 3-3 before Wolves went on to win 7-6 on penalties.
Reid will be presented with his Sydney shirt on Sunday along with the rest of the Sky Blues squad at a special fans event at Allianz Stadium.
Sydney FC members and fans are welcome to watch the Sky Blues train at 10am before the entire squad, including Alessandro Del Piero, are presented with their 2012-2013 shirt.
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