The 34-year-old won both the A-League Premiership and Championship with his previous club.
Mumbai City FC have announced the signing of Rostyn Griffiths. The 34-year-old joins the Islanders from fellow City Football Group side and A-League outfit Melbourne City FC after putting pen to paper on a one-year contract, until the end of the 2022/23 season.
The central defender reunites with head coach Des Buckingham after spending four seasons at Melbourne City, where Buckingham was the assistant coach between 2020 and 2021. The experienced Englishman won the A-League Premiers and Championship double in the 2020/21 season and also featured in the club’s debut continental campaign at the 2022 AFC Champions League, before getting his hands on a second consecutive Premiers in 2021/22 with the Melbourne-based club.
Born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, Rostyn Griffiths started his career with then-Premier League side Blackburn Rovers before moving to Australia to ply his trade. He made his A-league debut with Adelaide United and went on to represent North Queensland Fury and Central Coast Mariners, where he had a very successful spell, winning the Premiers in the 2011/12 season.
Griffiths then featured for China’s Guangzhou City and the Dutch club Roda JC before returning to A-league with Perth Glory, where he spent two seasons with the club. Prior to joining Melbourne City, he turned out for Uzbek side Pakhtakor Tashkent in the 2017/18 Uzbekistan Super League.
The former Australian U-17s international has a total of 321 appearances and 23 goals to his name in his club career so far.
Mumbai City FC’s preparations for ISL 2022/23
Mumbai City FC have been on a roll in the Indian football transfer market this summer with some key signings. Des Buckingham’s side have already singed Greg Stewart from defending ISL title-holders Jamshedpur FC. The club have also made Vinit Rai and Lallianzuala Chhangte’s loan move permanent, while they have also signed full-back Sanjeev Stalin on loan from Kerala Blasters.
Earlier during the season, Mumbai City FC had handed one-year contract extensions to Mourtada Fall and Ahmed Jahouh. They have released the other four foreigners from the previous season.