Melbourne City have added midfielder Erik Paartalu to their squad for the upcoming A-League season.

Melbourne City have strengthened their midfield for the upcoming season with the signing of Erik Paartalu, who famously scored the last-minute winner for Brisbane Roar in the 2011 A-League grand final.

Paartalu played in the Roar’s back-to-back championship-winning teams in 2011 and 2012 before again heading overseas to play with Thai Premier League team Muangthong United.

The 28-year-old – who won two Socceroos caps in 2013 – has signed a four-year deal with City.

Coach John van `t Schip was delighted to have secured the services of the defensive midfielder.

“It is fantastic that Erik has decided to join us,” said van `t Schip.

“A player of his calibre coming back to Australia and joining Melbourne City FC is a very positive development for the team and for the club.

“We are well aware of what Erik can produce on the pitch.

“He is a really exciting player and his experience, strength and technical skills will add further quality to our squad in advance of the season.”

Paartalu began his career in the old National Soccer League before a stint in Scotland.

The club formerly known as Melbourne Heart begin their first campaign since being taken over by English giants Manchester City away to Sydney FC on October 11.