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Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke believes his shoulders are broad enough to carry Sydney FC through to the finals of the inaugural A-League soccer competition.


The star recruit kicked his first ball on Australian soil this morning since agreeing to a two-year-deal with Sydney FC in April.

He spent two hours training with his new teammates today, including fellow strikers David Zdrilic and Saho Petrovski.

He said aside from finding a Sydney apartment, the transition has been easy.

"Today has been great as I have been able to meet the lads officially and get back into training," he said.

But the 33-year-old needed to get back into top shape after a three-week break,.

"This is the first session for me and my goal is to be as fit as I have been when the A-League kicks off," Yorke said.

"I am looking forward to the challenge of giving Sydney FC my very best football and that means finding the back of the net on a regular basis."

Coach Pierre Littbarski, a former German international, said Yorke's skill was immediately apparent.

"He is a great player. That you can see straight away with some of his touches and his shooting," Littbarski said.

He also had little trouble fitting in with the team - the bulk of which has been together for several months and has already won both the Australian and Oceania legs of the FIFA Club World Championship qualifiers.

But the Trinidad and Tobago international said his heart is still in the Caribbean.

"We (Trinidad and Tobago) have half a chance of qualifying for the World Cup and I've made no secret that that's my ultimate, to play in the World Cup.

"It's the one thing missing from the mantlepiece.

"But I'm committed to Sydney FC as well, they are putting the bread and butter on the table," Yorke said.

Sydney FC beat a reported $A4 million offer from Qatar in the Middle East to sign Yorke, who had fallen out of favour with English Premier League club Birmingham City.

Yorke said the new A-League would still be challenging despite the difference in competition with the Premier League in England.

"It's not going to be easy, it's a very demanding league and there's a lot of expectation, but that comes with the package and that's fair enough," Yorke said.

"My shoulders are broad enough to take that sort of pressure.

"Football is what I do best. For me, it's the easy bit."

Sydney FC play the Belconnen Blue Devils in Canberra this Friday before kicking off their first A-League game on August 28.