Melbourne Victory is delighted to announce it has signed former Brisbane Roar midfielder Mitch Nichols on a two-year deal, making him Ange Postecoglou’s first new signing ahead of the 2013/14 Hyundai A-League season.
The 24-year-old has spent the past six seasons at the Queensland club, making 125 appearances and scoring 24 goals.
Nichols, who has represented the Socceroos, U-23’s and U-20’s, has stamped himself as one of the most dangerous attacking midfielders in the competition. The dual Championship winner was also an integral part of the Postecoglou-coached Roar side that achieved an Australian record of 36-games without a loss.
During that record-breaking run Nichols’ stand-out performances were recognised by gaining selection into the A-League’s team of the season in 2011/12.
Melbourne Victory Coach Ange Postecoglou said he is looking forward to working with the young Queenslander again.
"It’s an exciting time at Melbourne Victory and acquiring an Australian player of Mitch’s quality is testament to that," Postecoglou said.
"For someone so young he’s achieved a lot in his career to date, but he’s still extremely hungry for more success and he’ll add some real attacking flair to our group.
"Goal-scoring midfielders aren’t easy to come by and Mitch’s track-record speaks for itself, so I’m looking forward to seeing him on the first day of pre-season training."
Nichols was equally upbeat, “I’m really excited to be joining Melbourne Victory and linking up with Ange again,” he said.
“I’ve enjoyed six great seasons and plenty of success at Brisbane Roar but I just felt it was time for a change, so when Melbourne came calling I didn't hesitate - even though I still had options in Europe.
“I want to thank the Brisbane fans, the club and my former team mates for all they have done for me throughout the last six seasons. I leave with fond memories and close friendships that will stay with me forever, but now I look forward to a new and exciting chapter in my career."
Nichols will join his new teammates when the playing group returns from annual leave on Wednesday, June 5.