Sydney FC sign McClenahan

Friday, 10 August 2012 7:00 AM

Sydney FC sign McClenahan

Sydney FC have boosted their defensive stocks, with the signing of experienced Aussie defender Trent McClenahan on a one-year contract.

The former Young Socceroos captain returned from a nine-year stint in the English and Scottish leagues last year, joining the Perth Glory squad that went on to reach the Hyundai A-League Grand Final, before moving to the Central Coast Mariners as part of their Asian Champions League campaign.

Capped 18 times by the Young Socceroos, the Chipping Norton-born defender joins Sydney FC with a good pedigree having spent five years at West Ham United alongside England internationals Michael Carrick, Jermaine Defoe, Glenn Johnson and Joe Cole.

“I’m really happy to get the deal over the line and I’m looking forward to getting into it,” said Trent.

“Sydney is one of the biggest clubs in the league and hopefully I can get settled now and put in some good performances.

“I think I’m a pretty good one-on-one defender, I like to pass the ball and keep it on the ground, and I like to get forward and try and help the other boys score some goals,” he said.

Sydney coach Ian Crook was delighted to win Trent’s signature after interest from other A-League clubs and from England.

“For me he is a winner and has a winning mentality. He wants to succeed and is a really good age for us, having had some good experience overseas and in captaining the Australian under 20s. He fits into a couple of areas for us either at full back or a central defender which is really good as well,” Crook said.

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