Free-kick specialist Ponce usually plays on the right side of Chile’s three-man defence.
He left Velez Sarsfield of Argentina in January in order to get a regular starting place elsewhere, eventually returning home to join Universidad Catolica after reported interest from Wigan came to nothing.
Ponce spent the first six years of his career with Universidad de Chile and has twice tried his luck in other countries, with limited success.
He played just five league games during a six-month loan at German club Wolfsburg during the 2003-04 season. In 2008, he joined Velez Sarsfield but a combination of injury and the emergence of Nicolas Otamendi - now a regular Argentina international - limited his playing time.
Nevertheless, he won his first major honour in Argentina as the club won the second part of the two-stage league in 2009.
Ponce is determined to improve his modest record in club football outside of Chile, admitting he has “a score to settle” in Europe following his failed spell in Germany.
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