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Sorensen makes A-League City move

  • Sorensen makes A-League City move

Melbourne City have wrapped up their international shopping for the new A-League season, signing Danish goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen on a two-year deal.

The club confirmed the move on Monday after weeks of speculation and will welcome the 39-year-old to Melbourne for pre-season training on Tuesday.

Sorensen brings 17 seasons of English Premier League experience to the A-League, backpedalling on retirement plans to join the growing A-League club.

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The gloveman said City's ambitions to sit at the top of Australian football made it a quick decision to join.

"For the club and for me personally the aim is to get to the top; we obviously want to win a championship and a cup and that's one of the reasons why I wanted to come," he said in a statement.

"Hopefully I can use my experience and help the club get where it wants to go; I'm here to do my utmost, I'm really looking forward to it; it's a fantastic challenge."

Sorensen will wear City's No.1 shirt and assumes the role of presumptive first-choice `keeper ahead of Tando Velaphi.

Coach John van `t Schip said Sorensen would be both a player and a mentor.

"Having played all of his career at such an elite level, we are confident Thomas will approach his time at the Club with great ambition and determination," he said.

"We also believe he will be an incredibly important figure for the development of our younger players and will act as the very finest mentor for all the goalkeepers in the club."

As well as an impressive English Premier League resume, Sorensen was first-choice goalkeeper for Denmark for a decade, winning 101 caps and appearing at two World Cups.

Any doubts due to Sorensen's age were dismissed during a week-long training stint at parent club Manchester City.

Showing his elite fitness, Sorensen also used his off-season to complete a trans-America bicycle ride of more than 5000 kilometres to raise money for underprivileged children.

Sorensen's arrival fills the last of City's five spots for international signings.

Slovenian marquee Robert Koren, Northern Irish defender Aaron Hughes, French winger Harry Novillo and Uruguayan forward Bruno Fornaroli round out the five.

It's understood Argentinian fan favourite Jonatan Germano, the club's longest serving player who was on an injury replacement deal, will leave the club on Tuesday after the expiration of his contract.

Historically A-League clubs have been reluctant to use their visa slots on goalkeepers, and Sorensen will be just the third imported gloveman in 11 seasons.

City have been the biggest movers in an otherwise lacklustre A-League off-season.

Van `t Schip's side have signed nine players and perhaps most importantly, tied down Aaron Mooy by installing him as Australian marquee to ward off interested suitors abroad.

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