Melbourne City FC signs Uruguayan Javier Cabrera


Melbourne City FC has today announced Uruguayan Javier Cabrera has joined the Club on a two-year deal.

The 27-year old winger and attacking midfielder has played more than 200 matches in Spain, Uruguay, Mexico and Argentina, scoring 15 goals and registering 19 assists.

Cabrera began his career at Montevideo Wanderers in Uruguay’s Primera Division, before spells at Recreativo, Argentinos Juniors and Toluca.

Melbourne City FC Director of Football, Michael Petrillo said:

“Javier is an exciting, creative player who is as comfortable out wide as he is playing centrally as an attacking player,” said Petrillo.

“He has a lot of experience in highly competitive top divisions in Uruguay, Argentina and Mexico and will help provide the creative spark and attacking ability our game style demands.”

Commenting on his arrival, Cabrera said:

“I am proud to sign for Melbourne City for the next two years, and to test myself in the A-League,” said Cabrera.

“The club has clear ambitions and focus to play its football in an exciting, attacking style and I’m looking forward to contributing to its future success with our new Head Coach.

“I enjoy playing free-flowing, attacking football and helping create chances for my teammates. Melbourne is world famous for its sporting culture, and I can’t wait to experience that and to meet our fans.”

In 2010, Cabrera began his career at Montevideo Wanderers in the Uruguayan Primera Division, going on to make 125 appearances in the senior side after spending four years in the club’s youth program. During his time at the club, the midfielder had two loan spells between 2014 and 2017 at Recreativo in Huelva (21 appearances) in the Spanish La Liga Segunda and Argentinos Juniors in the Argentine Primera Division (38 appearances, six goals).

After completing a loan spell with Buenos Aires based, Argentinos Juniors, Cabrera joined the club on a permanent deal and went on to make a further 26 appearances and score six goals during the 2017-18 season. Cabrera then moved to Mexican Liga MX side, Deportivo Toluca before returning to his home club, Montevideo Wanderers.

Cabrera has joined the rest of his City teammates as they commenced their pre-season schedule at CFA Melbourne.