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Sky Blues to unveil Gucci against Roar

Sydney FC will be bolstered by the inclusions of Reza Ghoochannejhad, Alex Brosque and Michael Zullo next week.

Sky Blues to unveil Gucci against Roar

Sydney FC will be bolstered by the inclusions of Reza Ghoochannejhad, Alex Brosque and Michael Zullo next week.

STEVE CORICA arrives at the Sydney FC coach announcement press conference at Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia.
STEVE CORICA arrives at the Sydney FC coach announcement press conference at Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia. Picture:Photo by Don Arnold/Getty Images

Steve Corica was tempted to show off his new Gucci on Sunday.

Instead, Sydney FC signing Reza 'Gucci' Ghoochannejhad will make his anticipated A-League debut against Brisbane next week.


The former Iranian striker looks set to form a dangerous combination with Adam le Fondre, who scored in the Sky Blues' 2-0 win over Melbourne City on Sunday.

"I was tempted (to play Ghoochannejhad), yes. But he only did one session with the team and I want to give him time," Corica said.

Sydney will also be bolstered by the return of skipper Alex Brosque (foot) and Michael Zullo (suspension), while Siem de Jong is still a few weeks away.

However, it is the introduction of Ghoochannejhad, and how he will be used by Corica, that will be of major interest for Sky Blues fans.

"This week is a different story. He (will have) trained with us with another three sessions before Brisbane and he'll be ready to go for Brisbane," Corica said.

An undermanned Sky Blues outfit were forced to rely on some goalkeeping heroics from Andrew Redmayne to scrape all three points against City.

With his team leading by a goal, Redmayne produced a clutch penalty save in the 79th minute before le Fondre broke a four-game goal drought in the dying stages.

Corica handed Luke Ivanovic his first run-on start, and the promising striker rewarded his coach with his first career goal in the ninth minute.

Sydney fans also got their first look at mid-season signing Mitch Austin, who showed plenty of rust in his club debut.

The former Newcastle attacker should've opened his account when presented with an open goal, but only managed to find woodwork.

Corica is confident Austin would improve, but suggested he was primarily viewed as a winger in a system that doesn't feature any.

"We really don't play with wingers but that role's important if I want to change the system a little bit and play with wingers," Corica said.

"Of course he's a good option for that as well but you look at (the injured) Trent Buhagiar, he was a winger as well and we converted him into a striker."

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