Melbourne City FC has signed star Socceroos striker Josh Kennedy as its Australian marquee until the end of the 2015-2016 season.
Kennedy, along with Mark Bresciano and Tim Cahill had been linked with a move to the ambitious A-League club since it was taken over by a consortium majority-owned by the Abu Dhabi United Group in January.
Speculation intensified one of the three Australian stars would join City when it was announced the club's on-loan striker David Villa would be cutting short his guest stint in the A-League after four rounds.
The A-League club confirmed on Friday Kennedy will join City in January 2015 from Japanese side Nagoya Grampus.
"After a very long period abroad, the timing is right to join Melbourne City and I'm very excited about this project," Kennedy said.
"It's a new chapter in my career, but my goal will be the same - to help my club achieve all of its aspirations. I believe Melbourne City has huge potential."
Kennedy has represented Australia on 33 occasions, scoring 17 goals for the Socceroos, including the 83rd minute header which secured a 1-0 win over Iraq and a spot at this year's FIFA World Cup Finals.
"Josh is a wonderful addition to our squad," Melbourne City coach John van't Schip said. "He is the right person and the right player for Melbourne City FC and we look forward to him joining us in January.
"Josh's record shows that he is a proven goal scorer and with the high quality of players around him, we are confident that he can create significant problems for defences in the A-League.