James Troisi of the Victory during round 27 of the A-League in April.
James Troisi of the Victory during round 27 of the A-League in April. TRACEY NEARMY

James Troisi coy on stunning Victory backflip

JAMES Troisi says Melbourne Victory is the "No.1 club" for him after his stunning re-signing was announced on Thursday afternoon.

But in a forthright and contrite 18-minute press conference at AAMI Park, Troisi refused to delve into too much detail about the amazing turn of events that saw him almost sign as a marquee player for Melbourne City, only to re-sign with Victory.

On Wednesday it was revealed that Troisi had completed a medical with City earlier this week and was expected to sign a contract with the other Melbourne club, only for him to end up taking up a two-year deal with Victory.

Troisi, 29, said he was "very excited" to be at Victory on a new two-year deal.

He confirmed interest from English Premier League club Brighton and Hove Albion and described the bizarre set of circumstances that led to him being photographed holding a Maccabi Haifa scarf.

But he would not go into specifics about City, only to say he didn't think there would be bad blood between he and Victory's arch rival.

"I was in negotiations with a couple of clubs in Australia, so out of respect for all parties, I don't want to give away too much information," Troisi said.

"At the end of the day that is between me and whatever club that was.

"I'll pretty much leave it at that. Obviously you guys are mentioning Melbourne City, but there were a couple of other clubs that I was in negotiations with as well.

"In a way it's good that people are talking and clubs are interested, that's what you want as a player.

"But I've been back here twice now, this is the third time. What I say isn't a lie - Victory is the No.1 club for me."

News Corp Australia


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