Melbourne Heart sign Patrick Kisnorbo

Kisnorbo with Leeds United in 2009 - Clive Rose/Getty Images Europe

John Aloisi has added the 32-year-old center back to help cover for Orlando Engelaar's long-term absence.

The injury to Marquee Player Orlando Engelaar has required a rethink for the season set-up at Melbourne Heart. Part of that jog was confirmed today by the club in the announcement of Patrick Kisnorbo's signing. The 32-year-old center back will help fill in the back line and allow Patrick Gerhardt to play in central midfield, given Engelaar's absence.

Kisnorbo was a fixture in the Scottish Premier League at Heart of Midlothian and in the English Championship and League One at Leicester City and Leeds United over the past ten years. He played in the UEFA Cup with Hearts and figured to be a part of Australia's 2010 World Cup squad before a ruptured achilles disrupted his club and international career.

Though the former South Melbourne player is not a massive signing, he is a familiar face in the area and brings a decade's worth of experience to Heart. If he can keep healthy, Kisnorbo will at the very least strengthen the side and give John Aloisi more options around the park.

The club confirmed the recruitment of Kisnorbo on a one-year deal via Twitter:

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