They may have missed out on Fernando Torres, but Sydney FC have landed another promising marquee in the form of Ajax's Siem de Jong.
The versatile forward joins the Sky Blues on a season-long loan and can play in a number of positions in the final third, but is most accustomed to an attacking midfield role.
Still just 29 years old, de Jong arrives in the A-League after a career largely spent in the Netherlands with a two season spell also in the English Premier League with Newcastle United where he struck once across 22 league appearances.
De Jong however is best known for his time with Dutch giants Ajax, who he has notched up 243 appearances and 78 goals for.
Set for a season Down Under, the six-time Dutch international is hungry for success with a club he likens to parent club Ajax.
“I’m very excited to be representing Sydney FC this season and I’m looking forward to my time in the A-League,” de Jong said.
“I see a lot of similarities between Sydney FC and Ajax, they’re both leaders in their league with a reputation for silverware and I want to uphold that here.
“I want nothing more than success and I’ll help the squad in any way to achieve our goals of winning all of the trophies we compete for this season.”
After losing both Bobo and Adrian Mierzejewski in the off-season, Sydney FC have now found their replacements in the form of de Jong and Bolton striker Adam le Fondre.
New coach Steve Corrica particularly thrilled to have secured de Jong on loan and keen to make the most of his leadership abilities.
“Siem is a technically gifted footballer and one I believe can be instrumental in success for us this season,” Corica said.
“He scores goals and creates them for others as well and he is a player that will excite Sydney FC members.
“You don’t become captain of Ajax without possessing all the necessary qualities for that job and I believe he can bring those qualities to Sydney FC, and help guide our squad this year.
“This is a new challenge for Siem, I’m confident it is one he can embrace, and I’m sure he’ll slot in seamlessly.”