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Del Piero trains with Sydney FC

18 September 2012 07:41

Italian superstar Alessandro Del Piero has completed his first training session with new club Sydney FC.

After meeting his new team-mates in the Allianz Stadium dressing rooms, the 37-year-old completed a light 50-minute training session in warm conditions in Sydney on Tuesday.

Sydney FC coach Ian Crook Del Piero would play in a trial match behind closed doors next week to get ready for his team's A-League opener away to Wellington on October 6.

"It's always difficult at the beginning because everyone wants a little part of him which is fair enough," Crook said on Tuesday of the circus surrounding Del Piero.

"In time it will wane and we're certainly expecting it to be like a circus for a bit.

"But at end of it it's a fantastic addition for our game and our club.

"He's a great guy and he just wants to play. That's what here to do.

"Today he wasn't going to do a great deal yet he stayed and did the whole session which was good."

Crook confirmed Terry McFlynn would remain captain of the side, although Del Piero would definitely be a part of the club's leadership group.

Asked where the former Juventus star would play, Crook said it would be in the "number nine or 10 role".

"That's where made his career," the Sky Blues boss said.

"I'm not going to go and re-adjust it now and turning him into something he isn't.

"I'll sit and speak to him but he'll certainly be in that front third."

Former Australia midfielder Jason Culina is still training with the Sky Blues as he recovers from a long-term knee injury.

Crook said they would continue to monitor Culina's progress with a view to possibly signing him to play a part this season.

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