Australian international Michael Thwaite has signed for Melbourne Victory on a one-year loan from Norwegian club SK Brann, the A-League club said Thursday.

Thwaite, 25, who played in the UEFA Cup with Brann earlier this year, joins Brazilian striker Ney Fabiano De Oliveira as Victory's key arrivals ahead of the new A-League season in August.

The defender is set to join Victory on 1 July and will become the club's seventh player with senior international experience, having made his debut for Australia against Jamaica in 2005.

"He's big, quick and will do a great job for us in defence," Victory Football Operations Manager Gary Cole said Thursday.

Thwaite moved to Brann from Polish club Wisla Krakow and has made four appearances for the Norwegian side this season.