Juho Makela lands in Sydney

Sydney FC’s newest signing – Finnish striker Juho Makela – arrived safe and sound in Sydney on December 30 and said he is ready for whatever challenge comes his way.

Sydney FC-s newest signing - Finnish striker Juho Makela - arrived safe and sound in Sydney on December 30 and said he is ready for whatever challenge comes his way.

Makela, 27, comes to Sydney FC from HJK Helsinki where he was the two-time leading goalscorer in the Finnish League.

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“I will give my strength to the team with my pace and goalscoring abilities and my physical strength and good heading also. And hopefully lots of goals too.”

“I-m ready for a new challenge and Sydney FC offered me that kind of challenge," he said. "I thought this was a good step for my career right now and I didn-t really want to wait any more.”

“It might take to be game fit I need games, but I have been training very hard," he said. "But training hard and game-fit, there is a difference.

“I want to improve and take my career forward step by step," he added, saying the A-League could be a stepping stone for him.

"And I want to play in the [Asian] Champions League. Those games will be very interesting.”

Sydney FC is still awaiting the final clearance but is hoping Makela is available for Monday night-s clash with the Newcastle Jets at EnergyAustralia Stadium.

“There are eight games left and 24 points at stake - the next game is Monday, it-s a new game, a new day and three points and we-ll take it from there.”