Western Sydney Wanderers FC have today confirmed the signing of defender Johnny Koutroumbis for the next two seasons.
Koutroumbis joins the Red & Black after a five-year spell at Newcastle Jets where he made 90 appearances in the domestic competition.
The calm and composed defender is only 23 years old and has frequented the national team set-up during the Olyroos Olympic qualification matches.
Koutroumbis said he was excited to take the next step of his career at the Wanderers.
“Games against the Wanderers always had a sense of tension due to the fact they are one of the biggest clubs in the country,” said Koutroumbis.
“The main decision to join the club was because I wanted to challenge myself under the pressure and expectation from the coaches and fans to be the best player I can possibly be.
“In the short time I was under the Gaffa (head coach Carl Robinson) at the Jets, I felt as though I was a different player. He gave me the confidence and reassurance that a player like myself needs.
“I have a great belief in the gaffer, coaching staff, my new teammates, and myself.
“The goal is to try to play in as many games as I possibly can and win. From a club standpoint and with our high expectations.”
Head coach Carl Robinson was delighted to work with Koutroumbis again.
“Having previously coached Johnny, I know that he is a hard worker and has a fantastic team-first mentality,” said Robinson.
“Johnny possesses excellent speed with a strong tactical understanding of how I want to play on both sides of the ball.
“He is a great addition to our strong core group of young players we are building and developing here at the Wanderers.”