Experienced French defender Matthieu Delpierre will join Melbourne Victory for the upcoming A-League season.
Melbourne Victory have added another big name to their A-League roster for next season, signing experienced defender Matthieu Delpierre on a one-year deal.
The 33-year-old Frenchman, who skippered VfB Stuttgart to the Bundesliga title in 2006-07, joins the club from Dutch outfit FC Utrecht.
The six-foot-four centreback played 162 games for Stuttgart in the German top-flight between 2004 and 2012, before switching to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
He also previously enjoyed a five-year stint at French side Lille.
Coach Kevin Muscat said Delpierre would provide real quality to his squad, following the addition of star striker Besart Berisha from defending champions Brisbane Roar and Socceroos midfielder Carl Valeri.
“Matthieu is a proven performer with experience at the highest level against some of the best strikers in Europe, so we know he has what it takes to be successful in the A-League,” Muscat said in a statement on Monday.
“I’ve certainly been tracking Matthieu’s progress over the past season and have been itching to get him to join us in the A-League, so now I am thrilled we are able to have a Bundesliga winner with us in our 10th anniversary season.”
Delpierre is slated to feature in the Victory’s inaugural FFA Cup campaign beginning next month and said he was excited about playing in Australia.
“I know moving to the A-League will be a big challenge, but it is one that I am really happy about and I can’t wait to get started with Kevin and all the Melbourne Victory players,” he said.
Delpierre will help fill the defensive void left by last season’s international marquee, Chilean Pablo Contreras, who is now retired.