Kosta Barbarouses says expectations of success swayed him to sign with Sydney FC following the conclusion of his contract at Melbourne Victory.
The 29-year-old signed a “multi-year” contract with the Sky Blues on Friday. It has been reported the deal will run for three years with marquee status.
The move to the reigning A-League champions brings to a close Barbarouses’ two-year second stint with Victory, in which he played 51 games and scored 24 goals.
The Kiwi was shifted into a more central position by coach Kevin Muscat last season having featured more prominently as a winger previously.
“It’s a very exciting time, I think it’s great to be involved as such a big club as Sydney FC,” Barbarouses said upon arrival in the harbour city.
“The expectations are big here, the expectations to win every game and I feel like in my character as a footballer and as a person, I needed it, that drive and that expectation.
“It’s a great fit I think and I’m really excited to get started.”
When asked what appealed most about a move to Sydney, Barbarouses replied: “I think the history, even though the A-League is relatively short, the club’s got a lot of history and a lot of success.
“That does drive me and being involved with a club that needs to be successful, needs to be winning trophies, I like that pressure and that expectation.
“I just think it’s a great club to be a part of. The coaching staff is great, the players are great.
“I want to add my qualities to the team and bring the club more success.”
Barbarouses is Sydney’s first signing since they defeated Perth Glory in a penalty shootout in the A-League grand final at the start of May.
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