NYCFC announce Brillant signing

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by CHRISTIAN ARAOS

New York City FC have confirmed the signing of French centerback Frédéric Brillant from Belgian club KV Oostende.

Although it was initially reported to be a free transfer, NYCFC used Targeted Allocation Money to purchase the player.

Terms of Brillant’s contract were not disclosed.

“Frédéric will bring leadership and experience to our defense,” sporting director Claudio Reyna said. “He was eager to join us and that’s one thing we always look for when recruiting a player. It’s important to us that players are passionate about playing for this club. With his strength and his ability to anticipate danger, he could be a real asset to the team.”

Brillant, 30, has spent the past three seasons at Oostende making 79 appearances. He is the tallest member of NYCFC’s defense at 6’3″.

“This is a new challenge in my career and a great opportunity,” Brillant said. “It’s also a new adventure for my family. I’m very excited to wear the colors of New York City FC and play in front of the fans at Yankee Stadium. It will be an honor for me to be coached by Patrick Vieira, he is a role model in France for what he’s achieved in his career and is known throughout the game for his leadership.”

Brillant will take up NYCFC’s tenth and final international spot. He will be the fourth defender aged 30 or older on the team’s roster.

“To have more experience in the back will give the Club different options,” head coach Patrick Vieira said. “We’ve brought in a number of young players recently so to add some experience is important. Frederic is very composed with the ball at his feet and has a great understanding of the game.”