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In something of a coup for Ange Postecoglou's team, the attacking midfielder will ply his trade at AAMI Park this season after finding opportunities limited at Atalanta

Melbourne Victory have lured Australian attacker James Troisi on loan from Serie A club Atalanta ahead of the 2013-14 A-League season.

Troisi, who has played nine matches for the Socceroos, played just eight games in all competitions for Atalanta last season and has yet to play for the Bergamo-based club in the 2013-14 Serie A campaign.

The 25-year-old has returned to Australia in search of game time and Melbourne Victory head coach Ange Postecoglou is convinced Troisi will add plenty to his team up front alongside the likes of Archie Thompson and Kosta Barbarouses.

Troisi will join Victory on a one-year loan deal.

"Throughout his time in Europe, James has shown that he has the talent and attributes to compete at the highest levels of club football," Postecoglou said.

"At just 25, James is in the prime of his career, so we are extremely excited about what he will bring to Melbourne Victory.

"He obvious has a desire to get back into the Socceroos set-up, and there’s no better way to state his case than to have an impressive A-League season."

Troisi, who is co-owned by Atalanta and Serie A giants Juventus, has struggled to get started in Italy but arrived there after four relatively successful seasons in Turkey, where he played 99 games for Genclerbirligi and Kayserispor.

It was during that period that Troisi made his Socceroos debut, while he scored his only goal at international level during Australia's 3-0 victory over New Zealand in his home town of Adelaide in 2011.

With Victory having secured marquee defender Pablo Contreras over the weekend, Troisi takes their squad to 22 players, out of a possible maximum of 23, with less than three weeks until the A-League begins.

Troisi will join Postecoglou and his Victory team-mates in Tasmania this week ahead of their pre-season friendly versus Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday.

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