CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 16: Harrison Delbridge #4 of FC Cincinnati controls the ball during the match against Crystal Palace FC at Nippert Stadium on July 16, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Melbourne City have signed 25-year-old defender Harrison Delbridge on a three-year-contract.

Delbridge joins City from United Soccer League (American second division) club FC Cincinnati.

The 193cm centre-back was born in Sydney and moved to the U.S.A at age 10, earning team of the season honours in the USL twice, and being named FC Cincinnati’s Defensive Player of the year.

Delbridge is excited about the opportunity to return to Australia, especially at Melbourne City.

“As soon as the opportunity came up to play for Melbourne City, I was really excited,” Delbridge said.

“To be a part of such a talented squad and learn from an experienced coach like Warren is the ideal situation for me to develop and grow as a player at this time in my career.

“I am looking to settle into Melbourne as quickly as possible and train hard with the team.”

Melbourne City Head Coach Warren Joyce is equally as excited to get Delbridge on board, hoping his defensive prowess will aid the club.

“Harrison is a player we believe will make a positive contribution for Melbourne City,” Joyce said.

“He has impressed as one of the USL’s best defensive players for the past two years and his performances have made him a target for several MLS clubs.

“We have a desire to develop Harrison and we believe he will bring an important presence to our backline as a composed and strong defender.”

Delbridge won’t be available for selection until January, once the transfer window is re-opened.