New A-League club the Melbourne Heart have announced the signing of former Socceroos star John Aloisi.
Aloisi, 34, will play what is likely to be the final season of his career in 2010-11 before moving into a coaching role with the foundation club.
Aloisi, best remembered for converting the penalty that put Australia through to the 2006 World Cup, admitted it was difficult leaving Sydney FC, but said joining the Heart was an appealing prospect.
“The main attraction was to be part of a huge club and I think this is going to be a massive club,” he said on Monday.
“Also, to get involved in coaching and to be in the sporting capital of Australia, if not the world.
“Everyone knows that Melbourne is number one for sport – I want to be involved in that – and especially with a new club, we could build something here and I’m excited to start off with a new club because then I feel really part of it.”
Aloisi said the Heart would aim high in their first season, and were a chance to win the premiership.
“I’m looking forward to it firstly as a player playing and scoring goals and hopefully winning the championship because that’s going to be our goal,” he said.
The Heart have already signed goalkeeper Clint Bolton from Sydney and midfielder Matthew Thompson from Newcastle as well as Dean Heffernan, Kristian Sarkies and Dutch winger Rutger Worm.