Australia international keeper Mark Birighitti joins Swansea City
18th July 2016
Swansea City have bolstered their goalkeeping options by signing Australia international Mark Birighitti on a free transfer.
The 25-year-old, named in the A-League's 2015-16 team of the season after some impressive displays for Newcastle Jets, has signed a two-year contract.
Birighitti's arrival at the Liberty gives head coach Francesco Guidolin further options in goal, with Lukasz Fabianski, Kristoffer Nordfeldt and Gerhard Tremmel already competing for the number one position.
After playing youth football at the Australian Institute of Sport, Perth product Birighitti made his first professional appearance for Adelaide United in 2008.
Following a four-year spell at Adelaide, Birighitti moved to Newcastle Jets, for whom he has made 77 league appearances.
He spent six months on loan at Italian Serie B side Varese - where he worked with current Swans coach Gabriele Ambrosetti - in January 2015 before returning to his parent club.
The 2015-16 season proved hugely successful for Birighitti, who caught the eye with a number of quality performances despite his side finishing eighth in the ten-team A-League.
On the international front, Birighitti has one senior cap for Australia - against China in 2013 - while he was an unused substitute in his nation's 2-1 friendly defeat to England in May.
He has also represented his country at under-17, under-20 and under-23 level.
Mark's first interview as a Swansea City player will follow shortly.
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