Newcastle Jets announced the signing of Brazilian attacking midfielder Bernardo Ribeiro from Albanian Superliga champion Skenderbeu Korce.
The 22 year-old, who holds an Italian passport, is a product of the Flamengo youth system and has also spent time with Italian Serie A club Catania.
“His junior football was at Flamengo and he’s obviously been really well schooled over there,” Jets coach Gary Van Egmond said.
“He was at Catania for six months and it was only because of a couple of issues with his permit that he wasn’t able to play much there.
“He’ll get a good part of the pre-season with us which is excellent for him to have a chance to see how we do things and for us to see how we can best utilise him.
“All our discussions with Bernardo have been very positive and he is an ambitious player who is coming here with exactly the right mentality.”
Van Egmond said Ribeiro would help give the Jets a creative edge in the attacking third of the pitch.
“He’s able to beat people in a one-on-one in the middle of the park or in a wide area and he definitely has a point of difference,” Van Egmond said.
“He’s exactly what we were looking for to add to what we have already as far as our squad is concerned.”
Ribeiro is expected to arrive in Australia this week.
West Ham United has completed its first transfer of the post-season after signing Romania international fullback Razvan Rat on a free transfer.