Victory sign Spanish defender Alan Baro

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Melbourne Victory has signed experienced Spanish defender Alan Baro for the 2016/17 season.

The 31-year-old trained with his new teammates for the first time today, after landing in Australia over the weekend and completing a medical assessment.

A versatile, skilful and durable player, Baro is a proven central defender who is also capable of playing as a midfielder.

“We’re excited about what Alan can bring to Melbourne Victory this season,” said Victory head coach Kevin Muscat.

“We identified Alan as a player who can add valuable experience and leadership to the team, having played consistently at a high level in Spain.

“He is comfortable playing as a central defender, but can also offer us flexibility by playing a midfield role.”

Baro has been a mainstay in Spanish football for over a decade, predominantly with Ponferradina in the Segunda Division, where he made 167 appearances was most recently the club’s captain.

Prior to his time at Ponferradina, Baro had stints with fellow Spanish clubs Albacete, Osasuna, Alicante and Figueres.

“I am excited about this opportunity to play with Melbourne Victory in the A-League,” Baro said.

“I have heard good things about the quality of football in Australia and I am looking forward to starting training with my new teammates.”

Source: Melbourne Victory FC

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