Marc Warren has returned to Australia with hometown outfit Sydney FC, signing a one-year deal with his former club
Sydney FC have signed left-back Marc Warren on a one-year deal upon his return from a stint in Europe.
The former Young Socceroo left Scottish First Division side Airdie United at the end of the 2012-13 season and previously spent time with the reserve team of Sheffield United.
A former Sky Blues National Youth League player, Warren said he was excited to return to Sydney and looked forward to linking up with his team-mates.
"It's a great feeling coming home," Warren said.
"I've always wanted to come and play for my home team, and after spending a couple of years overseas I thought it was time to come back.
"I still remember coming to the games when Dwight Yorke was here and I know a couple of the players so I'm happy to come back."
Warren made 24 starts with Airdrie in the 2012-13 season but could not help the club sliding into the Scottish Second Division.
Sydney FC coach Frank Farina said the combination of Warren's time in Europe along with the 'local boy' factor made him a perfect fit for the A-League club in 2013-14.
Warren's arrival bolsters the Sky Blues' defence after the departures of Nathan Sherlock, Fabio, Trent McClenahan, Adam Griffiths, Lucas Neill and Tiago.
"He fits into what we are trying to do and has had two years in Europe so has a bit of experience. Marc's a local lad too which is part of the culture we are trying to build here," Farina said.