The Newcastle Jets have landed what they believe will be a key element to their 2012-13 A-League season in Brazilian attacking midfielder Bernardo Ribeiro.
The 22-year-old is a product of Brazilian heavyweights Flamengo, and joins after helping Skenderbeu Korce win the 2011-12 Albanian Superliga title.
Ribeiro spent a season at Catania between departing Brazil and his stay in Albania, with Jets coach Gary van Egmond delighted at what the tricky midfielder is likely to bring to his side.
"He's able to beat people in a one-on-one in the middle of the park or in a wide area and he definitely has a point of difference," van Egmond told the club's website.
"He's exactly what we were looking for to add to what we have already as far as our squad is concerned."
The Jets have now completed their A-League roster, with Ribeiro becoming the second Brazilian, behind central defender Tiago Calvano, on the club's 23-man squad.
"His junior football was at Flamengo and he’s obviously been really well schooled over there," van Egmond said.
"He was at Catania for six months and it was only because of a couple of issues with his work permit that he wasn’t able to play much there.
"He’ll get a good part of the pre-season with us which is excellent for him to have a chance to see how we do things and for us to see how we can best utilise him.
"All our discussions with Bernardo have been very positive and he is an ambitious player who is coming here with exactly the right mentality."