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Beauchamp leaves Melbourne Heart for Sydney FC

Melbourne Heart and Michael Beauchamp have parted ways with the central defender joining Sydney FC.

The 30-year old fell out of favour under John van 't Schip at the Heart and has mutually terminated the second year of his contract with the sophomore A-League club.

The 22-time capped Australian international made 19 appearances in the Heart's debut season but will now saddle up in the Sky blue after signing a three-year deal.

Beauchamp admitted he was delighted to be heading back to his home state of New South Wales to play for a club like Sydney FC.

"It is not every day that you get to play for a club such as Sydney FC so I am very happy and really excited about the prospect of joining the club," Beauchamp said.

"I still have my sights set on furthering my Socceroos career, but my immediate priority is to play well for my new club and help with the club's goal to bring about another championship. The ideal situation would be to remain at Sydney FC long term and regain selection into the Socceroos squad.

"The club has a lot of excellent players and a very professional set up, so I am looking forward to being part of a strong team. I have only heard good things about head coach Vitezslav Lavicka, so can't wait to work under him.

"I am a Sydney boy as well and played a lot of my football here, so being back home is a bit of a thrill for me too."

Heart coach van 't Schip said he wished the former FC Nuremberg, Aalborg and Al-Jazira man all the best.

"Michael has been a great professional and made an important contribution to Heart both on and off the field over the last year," he said. "Even during periods when he didn't feature in the first team, Michael was the ultimate teammate and a fantastic presence in the dressing room.

"Given the opportunity that presented itself at Sydney FC, we feel that we had an obligation to allow Michael to grab the chance to play first team football and secure his long term future as a professional.

"We would like to thank Michael for his efforts at Heart and wish him well for the future."

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Andrew Slevison
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