Ghent’s Dutchman Giorgio Bertolucci has signed a three-year deal with Melbourne Victory, the Dutch club confirmed on Tuesday.
Bertolucci is a former G-league player who moved to Melbourne after winning the Dutch title in 2017.
He has played all three games this season.
Victory coach Alan Archibald said the signing was a good sign for the club’s squad ahead of the 2017 season.
“We’re very excited for him and he’s a good signing for us,” Archibaldo said.
Victory coach Alan Argyle added that Bertoletti’s signing was “very good news for our club”.
Bettie Scott has played just one game for Victory since signing a one-year contract in September.
A statement on the club website said Bertoluti had agreed to terms on a three year contract.
Victoria Victory are also in the hunt for a second-year defender, with a move for the Brisbane Roar’s Tomi Juric and Brisbane Roam midfielder Sam Naismith all being mooted.
Naismith has not featured in a game for the Roar this season after suffering a knee injury in round four of the JLT Community Series.
Kelvin Martin is expected to make his debut for Melbourne Victory this weekend, with fellow Melbourne Victory player James Troisi expected to do the same.
Rookie Luke Brattan has also been included in the squad for the Victory’s upcoming match against Adelaide United, but his availability will be confirmed in due course.