Kruse signs new Victory A-League deal

Robbie Kruse has signed a one-year contract extension with Melbourne Victory.
Robbie Kruse has signed a one-year contract extension with Melbourne Victory.

Robbie Kruse's second stint at Melbourne Victory will extend into a third A-League campaign after the experienced winger signed a new one-year deal.

The former Socceroos attacker, capped 75 times by Australia, joined his Victory teammates at training on Wednesday alongside new faces Matthew Spiranovic, Jason Davidson and Josh Brillante.

Kruse spent two seasons at Victory between 2009 to 2011 before moving to Germany, spending eight years in Europe before returning to Melbourne in 2019.

The return to the A-League has been a difficult one for the 32-year-old with Victory finishing 10th in 2019-20 before picking up the wooden spoon last term.

Kruse said the appointment of Tony Popovic as Victory head coach had him excited about the club's future.

"Tony Popovic and I spoke about the role I can play and how I can contribute to the success of Melbourne Victory this season and I am excited about the opportunity," he said.

"I know the squad and coaches are already planning for the year ahead and I want to be a part of getting Melbourne Victory back to where we should be for our fans and members."

As well as Spiranovic, Davidson and Brillante, Victory have secured the returns of Jason Geria and Stefan Nigro and signed Ben Folami on a permanent deal as Popovic undertakes a rebuild of the former powerhouse's roster.

Socceroos winger, Chris Ikonomidis has been strongly linked with a move to the Victory although he has also been touted for a return to Western Sydney Wanderers after his departure from Perth Glory.

Australian Associated Press