Melbourne Victory have added Robbie Kruse to their playing list, signing him on a two-year deal. It is believed FFA have given special exemption to allow this transfer to happen outside the transfer window which closed on the 31st August.
Brisbane-born Kruse, 20, netted four goals in 26 appearances with Roar and Melbourne Victory Football Operations Manager Gary Cole believes the Australian Institute of Sport graduate will bring an element of versatility to the club. "We're really keen to develop and foster a healthy mix of youth and experience for the immediate future, while also planning long-term, and Robbie is a fantastic addition to Melbourne Victory," Cole said.
"He burst onto the scene in 2007 with Brisbane, scored a stunning goal against us in one ohis first matches and has been on our radar ever since.
"He's proven over the past three years that he has a lot to offer in a variety of roles and we believe he'll fit well into our attacking setup."
The Victory have also signed 19-year old Mate Dugandzic from the National Youth team.
The Melbourne-born youngster was signed by Croatian powerhouse Dinamo Zagreb last year and enjoyed a successful loan at affiliate club NK Lokomotiva Zagreb before returning home in January and spending the Victorian Premier League season with Melbourne Knights.
"Mate is an exciting, promising young talent who is technically gifted, had an excellent season in the Victorian Premier League and is one of the quickest players we've ever had at the club," Cole said.
"He played against us in three matches for the Victorian state side earlier this year and we have been monitoring his progress.
"He's a good addition to our squad and the next two years will provide him with a good opportunity to develop as a footballer."