Sydney FC have confirmed the signing of former Sky Blues youth team captain Jacob Tratt on a short-term injury replacement contract.
The 24-year old defender will provide extra defensive cover for Steve Corica’s men following a foot injury to centre-half Ben Warland last month.
Tratt skippered Sydney FC’s Foxtel Youth League squad to the 2014 Championship and claimed the title again two years later, as a member of the Hyundai A-League 2015-16 squad.
He joined Wellington Phoenix the following season before returning to captain the Sutherland Sharks in the NSW NPL 1 last year.
He will re-join the Sky Blues following a successful trial and is overjoyed to be returning to where it all began.
“I’m very happy to be back and to have all my family and friends around me, being family orientated, is a blessing,” said Tratt.
“To be able to play for the biggest club in the country and to be surrounded by family and friends, I couldn’t be happier.
“You can see everyone at the club has purpose to what they are doing every day and you feed off that mentally.
“I would like to get some game time and show what I’ve got and eventually extend that contract.”
Head Coach Steve Corica, who coached and installed Tratt as skipper during the successful 2013-14 youth league Championship season, is delighted to welcome him back to the club.
“Jacob is an excellent player and will fit into our winning culture and strengthen our defensive options,” he said.
“I’ve known him for a number of years now and he is a fantastic person who is fully deserving of this opportunity to be a part of our squad.”
Tratt will wear the number 18.