Transfer news: Adelaide sign ex-Sydney FC striker

Adelaide United boss Marco Kurz has made his first signing as Reds coach, securing young Australian forward George Blackwood.

The 20-year-old has found a new home in Adelaide after he was released by champions Sydney FC at the end of the last Hyundai A-League campaign.

Blackwood spent the last three seasons at the Sky Blues, making 19 appearances in the Hyundai A-League, netting a solitary goal.

Roberto Firmino and George Blackwood battle for possession.

He was one of the Sky Blues’ best in May’s friendly clash with Liverpool at ANZ Stadium, which the EPL side won 3-0.

But with consistent opportunities in the starting XI appearing unlikely in Sydney’s star-studded squad, Blackwood opted for a fresh start at the Reds.

Blackwood, who made his Hyundai A-League debut in 2014, has represented Australia at both under-20 and under-23 level.

George Blackwood

He joins goalkeeper Paul Izzo as the only current new signings at the Reds ahead of the 2017/18 Season.