Gold Coast United signing Andrew Barisic kicks off his Queensland career on-loan at Premier League club Gold Coast Knights. The young striker has arrived from Melbourne Knights and said: "With Gold Coast United coming into the A-League I think you will find the Premier League becoming a bit of a magnet for good players. They will see it as a stepping stone.

"I can see already that the level is good up here, not as strong maybe as Melbourne, but it will only improve -- and I'll do my bit to try and make that happen.

"Already I know of several players who have chosen to move to the Gold Coast rather than play in Brisbane in the Q-League.

"The Knights wanted me to stay longer but pre-season training with United starts on April 7."