Adelaide United FC has pulled off a major recruiting coup ahead of the Hyundai A-League 2011/12 Season after securing Qantas Socceroos midfielder Dario Vidosic. Less than a week after losing Argentinean playmaker Marcos Flores to Chinese Super League club Henan Jianye, the Reds have acquired Vidosic's services for the next three years.
The 24-year old arrives in Adelaide following four seasons in Germany, where he made 29 appearances and scored three goals for Bundesliga club FC Nuremburg.
A current member of the Qantas Socceroos' squad who played in both of the Socceroos' recent friendlies against New Zealand and Serbia, and was also part of Australia's FIFA 2010 World Cup squad in South Africa, Vidosic brings a wealth of talent and experience to the Reds' push towards a first Hyundai A-League championship.
"We are thrilled to have Dario at the club. Significantly he is an Australian player who has played at a very high level for a strong club in one of the best leagues in Europe," Adelaide United Head Coach Rini Coolen said.
"Dario is a player who can play on the left and the right, and also behind the striker which makes him extremely versatile.
"Add his speed and his ability to score goals, and there is no doubt that he will be a fantastic addition to our squad."
Resisting offers from Europe and Asia to join the Reds, Vidosic believes United's intended play style is the perfect fit as he looks to rediscover his enjoyment in the game, something he admits had started to wane during his time in Germany.
"In the end I wanted to go to a club that is playing my style of football I like to attack, I like the ball at my feet and I like to express myself, and I felt I didn't have the chance to do that (in Germany), so I just want to come back and enjoy my football and hopefully do well for Adelaide and for the fans," Vidosic said.
"I'm just really looking forward to being in Australia under a good coach with a good club. We want to set some high ambitions and there are also some personal goals that I want to achieve, and at the end of the day it just comes down to enjoyment and wanting to have fun - that's why you play."