Melbourne Victory have signed former Brisbane Roar goalkeeper Matt Acton on an injury-replacement contract as cover for Alastair Bray.
Acton, who has spent 2016 with Kaya FC in the Philippines, trialled with Victory before the 2016-17 season but was overlooked in favour of Bray.
But with Bray undergoing a shoulder reconstruction this week after he was injured playing with Victory's youth team, Victory coach Kevin Muscat moved quickly to bring in Acton as a back-up for lead goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas.
"We had an opportunity to see Matt first hand at training earlier this year, and it confirmed to us he has the ability to hold his own in the A-League," Muscat said in a statement.
"He has experience playing both domestically and abroad, and we are confident he will be able to step in a do a good job for Melbourne Victory if he is given the opportunity.
"It's disappointing for Alastair to suffer a long-term injury so early in the season, and we wish him well in his recovery."
Bray is expected to miss up to five months.
Acton was a Roar youth player and has also had two senior stints with the club, playing just two A-League matches in the 2013-14 season, while he has also previously represented Yangon United in Myanmar.
Having signed Acton, Victory have immediately added him to their squad to face Newcastle Jets on Saturday, with the 24-year-old replacing Lucas Spinella.