Damien Duff joins Melbourne City

The veteran Irishman is set to grace Australian football next season after committing to the exciting project under way at Melbourne’s new-look side.

Damien Duff is the latest player to join the Melbourne City revolution, with the former Blackburn and Chelsea man signing a one-year deal at the Hyundai A-League club.

Having left Fulham on a free transfer following their relegation from the Premier League, the 35-year-old has been recruited by City under the salary cap, meaning speculation will continue over potential high-profile arrivals at the club.

John van ‘t Schip’s team, who will be able to call on the services of David Villa before he joins New York City FC for the 2015 MLS campaign, are yet to announce their international or domestic marquee players for 2014-15.

They also have one further spot for an overseas player to be paid under the cap.

Duff, who won the Premier League twice with Chelsea and earned 100 caps for the Republic of Ireland, left Fulham at the end of last season after five years at Craven Cottage.

He also played for Newcastle United for three years after leaving Chelsea in 2006.

“We’re excited to have a player of Damien’s quality and experience for this season. We believe he can offer international standard quality on the pitch and will also be a great professional example for our younger players,” Van ‘t Schip said in a statement.

“His career speaks for itself. He has achieved almost everything at club level and has been a great player at an international level too. He comes to us straight from the English Premier League with Fulham, so he has been playing at the highest level against top teams and top players.

“When we met with Damien, he was excited about the opportunity here and keen to work with us to help make this project a success.”

City also announced they have re-signed promising duo Stefan Mauk and Ben Garuccio until 2016 and 2017 respectively.