Melbourne City bring in Vidosic to boost attacking stocks

Melbourne City have begun the January transfer window period in speedy fashion, clinching a deal to sign 30-year-old former Socceroo Dario Vidosic, who recently quit Wellington Phoenix.

Vidosic, who should boost City's attacking stocks, has spent several years in Europe as well as in the A-League, where he has made a total of 87 appearances for Brisbane Roar, Adelaide United, Western Sydney Wanderers and the Phoenix, notching up 21 goals in the process - an average of one every four games.

Overseas, Vidosic has played for Bundesliga club FC Nurnburg, in the Swiss Super League with FC Sion and then had two spells in Asia, one with Chinese club Liaoning Whowin and the other with the K-League team Seongnam FC, his last port of call before his latest spell at Wellington.

Vidosic is Melbourne City FC's second recent signing, the club having brought in former US-based Australian defender Harrison Delbridge, who has been training with the team for several weeks.

In a statement City boss Warren Joyce said: "Dario is a player who will bring a wealth of experience at this level to our front third. He has represented the Socceroos over 20 times and played at a high level overseas and we are excited to have him join our squad here in Melbourne."

Expect plenty more change at Bundoora. Neil Kilkenny, a City regular last season, has barely figured under Joyce and may be heading out the door, according to the rumour mill. City has already parted company with Tim Cahill and Fernando Brandan in recent weeks.

Vidosic's new City colleague Osama Malik predicts several clubs will be busy chopping and changing, trimming and trading, as new coaches look to shake up their squads so that they better reflect the way they want to play.

And the looming World Cup could also be the catalyst for a handful of fringe players to shift clubs, Malik adds, as they look to play at a higher level, or simply more regularly, in a bid to catch the eye of whoever becomes the new Socceroo coach.

"Two years ago I was in the same position, when I came here halfway through a season. It's just something you have to come to expect. They (clubs) only make changes because they think it will improve the team, and any improvement is a good thing," the midfielder said.

"If you are playing, if you are not playing, you wonder what the coach thinks of you. For a player who is aiming to get to the World Cup maybe they want to get a move to a better league or a better club to have a better chance of making the Socceroos.

"I think there might be more movement than in the past couple of years.The way the league is going at the moment, you have new coaches, those coaches are trying to replace players with others they want in their system, so I wouldn't be surprised if there's a few changes in January."

Malik himself is out of contract at the end of this campaign, but, all things being equal, he would like to stay with City.

"It's still very early in the season, I am just focussing on playing as many games as I can. That's the real concern for me, but there's no reason why I wouldn't want to stay here, Melbourne City is a great club and has great facilities here.

*Malik expects City striker Ross McCormack to be fit enough to take his place in the starting line up against Western Sydney Wanderers if required on New Years Day.

"I think he will be fit to play for sure, and I think if he is fit I think he will definitely be in line to play because we are a better side with him in the team."

This story Melbourne City bring in Vidosic to boost attacking stocks first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.