Western United have announced the signing of Australian utility Connor Chapman for their first two A-League seasons.
The 24-year-old has been a free agent since departing South Korea's Pohang Steelers last month and has decided to return back Down Under - where he made a name for himself with Newcastle Jets and Melbourne City.
“I am very excited to join Western United as we embark on our inaugural season," Chapman said on joining the team who will start in the A-League next season.
"My experience in the very tough Korean League has been invaluable, and at 24 for I feel that I am entering the peak of my career.
"Representing this new and exciting club in Western United in the A-League is a great opportunity for me personally, and for team success and I look forward to building something special with my future teammates, and for the fans of the west.”
Chapman left the A-League in 2017 as a central defender to join Korean side Incheon United but quickly developed into a defensive midfielder who was named in the K-League under 22 team of the year at the end of the season after impressing in his 27 games.
His form earned him a move to competition giants Pohang where he established himself as a regular fixture, making 33 appearances before his contract was terminated by mutual consent in mid-February.
After making his debut for the Jets in 2012 and playing 25 matches, Chapman secured a transfer to Melbourne City where he played a further 35 times before moving abroad.
Chapman is the third signing for the new A-League franchise, with club CEO Maurice Bisetto excited to add the Sydney-born player to the acquisitions of Greek marquee Panagiotis Kone and Socceroo full back Josh Risdon.
"Our coaching staff have been working diligently to identify targets as we prepare for our inaugural season in October 2019 and we couldn't be happier to have the calibre of Panagiotis, Joshua and now Connor commit to our club,” Bisetto said.
"We feel we are forming a very competitive squad, who will be supported by a great coaching staff, and combined, will represent the west of Melbourne in the best possible light."
Chapman hinted to Goal about his move to Western United in an exclusive interview after his departure from Pohang.
"I'm looking forward to the future that lies ahead," Chapman told Goal.
"The decision to part ways with Pohang was a difficult one considering I re-signed in November for two more seasons. I cannot go into details, but I felt parting ways was the best thing to do for my future and where I see myself in the next few years."