HYDERABAD: Hyderabad FC signed up attacker Joel Chianese ahead of the upcoming season of the Indian Super League (ISL), the club informed on Thursday.
The 30-year-old Australian joins the team from A-League side Perth Glory, who reached the semifinals of the recently concluded playoffs for the 2019-20 season.
“I’m super excited to join Hyderabad FC,” Chianese said after signing a one-year deal. “I’m most looking forward to meeting my teammates and working together with everyone at the club. All the messages I have received have been so positive, and so I feel welcome already,” said the first Australian to sign for Hyderabad.
Chianese began his professional career with Blacktown City FC before moving to the A-League with Sydney FC in 2011. After a three-year stint with Sydney FC, he turned out for Sydney United and Bonnyrigg White Eagles in the National Premier Leagues before moving move abroad.
Chianese turned out for Sabah FA (2015) and Negeri Sembilan FA (2016) during his one year in Malaysia. He scored 17 goals in 29 league appearances in the Super League. He returned to Australia in late 2016 to join Perth and was a crucial part of the side over the next four seasons, guiding them to the top of the league in 2018-19 as his side finished runners-up in the playoffs.
“Hopefully my previous experience of playing in Asia can help me embrace the culture on and off the field, which helps ensure that I enjoy my football and help the team create success. The current world situation means we may not have fans at the games, but we need to work hard as a group to give the fans watching from home something to be excited about,” added Chianese.
Hyderabad FC co-owner Varun Tripuraneni said, “Joel Chianese’s experience of playing in Asia will be a value add. He is someone who can slot in easily in multiple positions in attack, so that gives the team quite a few options up front.”