Melbourne Victory is delighted to announce that it is has signed promising Victorian youngster, Francesco Stella, on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
Having moved to Italy at the age of just 17 to join Italian Serie A club, AC Siena, the now 21-year-old attacker spent the past 4 months in Scotland with Rangers after signing a one-year deal with them, before recently seeking a release, after interest came from Melbourne Victory for him to return home.
Melbourne Victory Coach, Ange Postecoglou, was delighted to have added yet another young Victorian to his squad, “Francesco is a young player with plenty of talent and I believe we can really develop him over the next two-and-a-half years,” Postecoglou said.
“For a club like Siena to see potential in him when he was just 17 years old is a fair indication of his quality.
“While things didn’t work out for him over in Europe this time, the prospect of first team football was enticing to him and I’m confident we’ve got ourselves a player who can perform regularly in the A-League,” Postecoglou added.
Stella, who was raised in Melbourne, is looking forward to the next chapter in his career, “Having been away for a few seasons now, it’s exciting to be coming home to play for Melbourne Victory,” Stella said.
“Being overseas has been an experience that I have learnt a lot from, both good and bad, and I feel it has helped me grow both as a footballer and a person. It’s extremely competitive over in Europe and at 21, I want to be playing regular first team football if I’m going to continue my development as a player.
“I really like the way Ange (Postecoglou) wants to play, so hopefully I can have an impact at Melbourne Victory and help the club achieve success over the next few seasons,” he added.
Stella is expected to arrive in Melbourne next week.