Melbourne Victory sign Chile's Pablo Contreras

Ange Postecoglou's quest for an international marquee is finally over after the A-League heavyweights confirmed they have secured the services of the experienced South American

Melbourne Victory have announced the capture of Chile international Pablo Contreras as their marquee signing for the 2013-14 A-League season.

Contreras - a central defender - has been capped 67 times for his country and joins Victory after making 17 appearances for Greek club Olympiacos in the 2012-13 Super League campaign.

The 35-year-old represented Chile at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and has also experienced UEFA Champions League football with Olympiacos.

With Daniel Mullen returning to Chinese side Dalian Aerbin after a four-month loan spell at Victory last season, Contreras is now expected to start regularly in central defence, alongside either Adrian Leijer or Nick Ansell.

"We are thrilled to welcome Pablo to Melbourne Victory and there's great excitement around what he can bring to the club," Postecoglou said.

"Pablo is a high quality central defender who will be an important part of our journey towards an A-League Championship, and, hopefully, our upcoming Asian Champions League campaign."

The veteran had been linked with the club for a number of weeks as Victory pursued a marquee to replace Argentine Marcos Flores, who was allowed to join Central Coast Mariners after underwhelming last season.

Contreras will have his first training season with Victory on Tuesday and is expected to travel with the squad to Tasmania for the pre-season friendly against Western Sydney Wanderers on September 29.

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