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Victory confirm Brown, Roux signings

By AAP Newswire

Melbourne Victory's A-League rebuild has begun with the recruitment of defenders Corey Brown and Storm Roux.

Left-back Brown joins from Brisbane Roar, where he tallied 88 appearances across seven years at the club.

Right-back Roux, a New Zealand international, played more than 100 times in five seasons with the Central Coast Mariners.

Both players have signed until the end of the 2019-20 campaign.

"Both Storm and Corey are exciting prospects and we're really keen to see how they adapt to life as Melbourne Victory players," said coach Kevin Muscat.

"They've both played a lot of senior football, so they're known quantities from that perspective but still young enough to have plenty of good football ahead of them."

Brown and Roux will be part of a new-look defence for Victory next season following the recent departure of centre-back James Donachie to South Korea and last month's release of Stefan Nigro.

Donachie and Nigro started as Victory claimed the A-League championship with a 1-0 win over Newcastle in last month's grand final.

It's just the start of what could be a major restructure of Melbourne's squad, with a host of key players off contract and yet to resolve their futures.

Star striker Besart Berisha has also been linked with a move to Japan after hinting straight after the grand final win that he was ready for a new challenge.

"The squad is starting to take shape and we'll be working hard over the next period to bring in not only some quality foreigners but also players that will add to the depth and overall quality of the playing group," Muscat said.