Sydney FC snare Perth Glory's Coyne

by AAP on May 10, 2011

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Sydney FC have signed former Perth Glory captain Jamie Coyne to a two-year deal.

The Sydney-born defender will join the club in July and line up for the two-time A-league champions for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.

His capture further bolsters Sydney's defending options after the club secured Michael Beauchamp from the Melbourne Heart two weeks ago.

The Sky Blues had hoped to secure Coyne on a loan deal in time for their Asian Champions League campaign but were stymied by contractual issues.

Coyne's signing is a timely one for Sydney, with current out-of-contract players Stephan Keller, Kofi Danning, Brendan Gan and Stuart Musialik reportedly headed out of the club.

Coyne said he had a lot to offer Sydney.

"I have played against Sydney FC many times and all I wanted to do was beat them and they were games where you needed no motivation to rip in. Now I will be on the other side and I will be giving it my all," he said.

Sydney FC coach Vitezslav Lavicka said Coyne would bolster his defensive options for next season.

"He is versatile and can play in many positions which will give us options across the pitch," Lavicka said.

"He is much taller and bigger than people realise. I saw in the way he played in our friendly last week that he will be a good addition to the team."