Former Newcastle Jets defensive utility Adam Griffiths has joined Melbourne Victory on trial, the club has revealed.
Defence has been a major problem for Victory this campaign, contributing to the club missing the A-League finals. Mark Milligan and Ubay Luzardo, who started in Friday's 3-0 win over the Wellington Phoenix 3-0, are both expected to depart the club when their loan deals expire at season's end.
Both the club and interim coach Jim Magilton - favoured to be handed the role full-time - have flagged the need to refresh the two-time premiers' playing squad.
Victory announced last week left-back Adam Traore (Gold Coast United) will join the club for the 2012-13 season, while fellow defender Sam Gallagher (Central Coast Mariners) is also reportedly on the club's radar.
Griffiths - who picked up two international caps for Australia in 2008 - has now handed the chance to do the same.
"Former Newcastle Jets defender, Adam Griffiths, is training with the squad with a view to winning a contract for 2012/13," the club tweeted on Monday.
Also formerly of Gold Coast United and Adelaide United, 32-year-old Griffiths - capable of playing across the back four and as a holding midfielder - has not had a club since leaving Chinese Super League outfit Hangzhou Greentown after the 2011-12 season.
Griffiths' younger brother Ryan has been a key player for the Jets this season, while twin Joel is still Newcastle's all-time leading goalscorer.
Victory, who parted ways with veteran midfielder Tom Pondeljak last Wednesday, have also reportedly sent No.3 goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas on-loan to Victorian Premier League outfit Bentleigh Greens.
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