A-League club Melbourne Victory have secured the services of Australian national team star Harry Kewell. The former Leeds United, Liverpool and Galatasaray winger has joined the two-time A-League champions after plenty of speculation surrounding a proposed deal.
32-year old Kewell reportedly had offers from three clubs in the Middle East but he has decided to join the Victory and was excited about the season ahead with the competitions best supported club.
"I am delighted to be joining Melbourne Victory. It is a great club whose record in the A-League speaks for itself. I am looking forward to playing in front of the Victory supporters with my new team mates," he said.
"I am proud to be Australian and want to give something back to the game there. It has always been my ambition to play in my home country and I am very pleased to have that opportunity by playing for Melbourne Victory."
Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro was also buoyed by the signing of arguably Australia's best ever football export.
"Melbourne Victory, as an ambitious club, wishes to bring success and the highest level of talent to the club for our supporters," he said.
"We are delighted to announce that Harry has chosen to play for our club.
"Harry is an Australian sporting icon and will bring not only incredible talent to Melbourne Victory but will attract more fans to football and boost greater interest and participation in the sport in Australia.
"Our discussions with Harry have been progressing for some time and we are delighted to have completed what is the most significant signing in Australian football and Hyundai A-League history."