Melbourne City have snapped up Kearyn Baccus on an injury replacement deal after the midfielder and Western Sydney Wanderers parted ways by mutual consent.
The South African will be a short-term A-League injury replacement for Scottish midfielder Michael O'Halloran, who has a hamstring injury.
Baccus appeared to be on the outer at the Wanderers last weekend when he was left out of their squad for the FFA Cup semi-final loss to local rivals Sydney FC.
When asked about the reason for Baccus being omitted, Wanderers' coach Markus Babbel issued the scathing assessment: "He was not good enough, simple."
Baccus wouldn't have endeared himself to Babbel when he was spotted taking of his shirt and tossing it away after being substituted in the FFA Cup quarter-final win over Melbourne City.
He also attracted negative publicity earlier in the year when he refused to play a game in Perth after being denied an overseas transfer.
Baccus was set to immediately start training at City, who were scheduled to play a pre-season friendly on Friday against Wanderers in Shepparton.
"Michael O'Halloran has been training well, so losing him to injury is unfortunate, but we've secured a quality replacement in Kearyn Baccus," City head coach Warren Joyce said..
"Kearyn will add quality, he brings a wealth of experience to the squad and he will maintain the current tough competition for places."
Durban-born Baccus played 74 matches during his four years at the Wanderers..
."I'm excited to have a fresh opportunity at Melbourne City and will be doing all I can to support the team over these next few months," he said.
"I'm here to work hard, develop my game and show the Melbourne City fans what I can do."
His younger brother and fellow midfielder Keanu remains on the Wanderers' books and started last week's semi-final.