Melbourne City sign Polish marquee midfielder

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The 27-year-old with significant Polish top-flight experience joins Warren Joyce's side on a two-year deal

Melbourne City has confirmed the signing of Poland midfielder Marcin Budzinski until the end of the 2018-19 A-League season.

The 27-year old joins injured Uruguayan Bruno Fornaroli as a club marquee on a two-year contract after passing a medical at the facilities of Manchester City.

Budzinski has spent his entire career in his native Poland, playing for Cracovia in the nation's top flight since 2012 - scoring 25 goals in 167 appearances.

He will be the second Pole to join the A-League this season after Sydney FC's signing of midfielder Adrian Mierzejewski.



City coach Warren Joyce believes Budzinski will significantly add to the creativity of his midfield group.

"Marcin is an imaginative midfield player with high-level experience both in the top domestic league in Poland, and with the Polish national team," Joyce said.

"He arrives at an important time for the team as we finalise our pre-season and prepare for our first A-League match, and I have no doubt the fans will be excited to see him play for the first time.”

The club has been under pressure to make attacking signings since being bundled out of the FFA Cup quarter-finals by Sydney FC last week, with star striker Fornaroli likely to be sidelined until the new year with a broken ankle.

Budzinski, a former Polish youth international, explained he already feels settled at the club despite only just arriving in Melbourne.

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"One of the reasons I joined Melbourne City is the ambition for success that every single person involved in the club has," Budzinski said.

"We are all here to play the best football we can, to work hard and to do our best to win for the fans.

"I have just arrived in Australia but already I feel at home, and with three weeks to go until the first game, I can’t wait to get started.”

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