Melbourne Victory announced the signing of Argentine playmaker and 2010-2011 A-League Johnny Warren Medallist Marcos Flores on a two-year deal.
Flores will link up with Victory coach Ange Postecoglou as the club's international marquee player, having been released in June by Chinese club Henan Jianye.
The 26-year-old was voted the A-League's best player during his previous stint in Australia with Adelaide United in 2010-2011.
The World Game understands Flores's preference was to return to the Reds, but the club wasn't in a position to sign him.
”Marcos is the type of player you don’t really want to come up against as an opposition coach, so having him on board with us now will be really exciting - not only for the club, but for our fans also," Postecoglou said.
“He’s a quality player and I’m confident he’ll show us the type of form that saw him win the Johnny Warren Medal a couple of seasons ago.
“I’ve said on numerous occasions that the overseas players who come out here need to get a season behind them before they really settle in, so for Marcos to be the outstanding player in the competition in that first year was a real credit to him."
Flores, whose attacking brand of football made him a fan favourite at the Reds, said he is keen to test himself in the A-League again.
“I’m very happy to be joining Melbourne Victory, as they are one of the most successful teams in the A-League,” he said.
“There is a new coach who has won two championships and wants to play great football – he is bringing in some new players and new ideas and this is exciting for me.
"Victory have many great players and I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone better.
“It’s also great that the stadiums and the training facilities are some of the best in the country.
“Although I have been away from Australia for a year, I still followed the A-League very closely and have many friends here.
“I would like to thank the club for the faith they have shown by signing me, and for their professionalism throughout the process.
“Now I’m looking forward to making Melbourne my new home and to being part of a successful club.”
Flores is expected to link up with his new team-mates within the next two weeks.
The A-League will make its LIVE free-to-air TV debut next season with the blockbuster clash between Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets on Friday 11 October on SBS 2.