Macarthur FC signs Frenchman Loic Puyo

Picture: Sebastien Bozon/AFP
Picture: Sebastien Bozon/AFP

Macarthur FC just got a little bit more French with the addition of midfielder Loic Puyo for the 2020/21 season.

The 31-year-old is one of the most experienced additions to the squad, having played 192 professional games across the top three French leagues.

He most notably played with SCO Angers and Amiens SC.

The five-foot-nine Frenchman is the second international player to join the Bulls' inaugural squad, behind Brit Matt Derbyshire.

Puyo said he loved chatting with coach Ante Milicic about the move to Australia.

"I was very excited when speaking with Ante about the opportunity to join Macarthur FC," he said.

"To be part of a new club and join the inaugural squad is something I never thought I would have the opportunity to do.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge and playing in the A-League for the Bulls."

Milicic said Puyo's career 22 goals and 18 assists would strengthen Macarthur FC's midfield in preparation for their debut season.

"We are delighted to welcome Loic into our inaugural playing squad for the 2020/21 season," he said.

"He has strong composure on the ball, very technically sound and good range in passing.

"He will be an excellent fit in the way we want to play our football.

"This will be the first time Loic has played football outside the French leagues and I'm looking foward to seeing him play in the A-League."

Puyo will begin training with his new teammates after completing the mandatory 14 days of hotel quarantine.

The Frenchman is the 13th player to join the fledgling club.

In addition to fellow international Derbyshire, Puyo's teammates are Mark Milligan, Tommy Oar, Adam Federici, Denis Genreau, Matt Derbyshire, Ivan Franjic, Nick Suman, Milislav Popovic, Aleksandar Susnjar, Jake Hollman, Aleksandar Jovanovic and Moudi Najjar (on loan from Melbourne City).

The 2020/21 A-League season kicks off on December 27.

The Bulls will play home games out of Campbelltown Stadium and train at Fairfield Showground.

Their very first trial game - against the Camden Tigers - is already a sell-out, and will be held at Ron Dine Memorial Oval, Camden South, this Sunday, October 25.

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