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Adelaide United re-sign Galekovic and Birighitti

Adelaide United have shored up their goalkeeping stocks for the next few years by re-signing Eugene Galekovic and Mark Birighitti. Last season's A-League Goalkeeper of the Year, Galekovic, has signed a new four-year deal after originally joining the Reds in 2007 which is a major boost for the club and has delighted the 28-year old.

"Obviously a four year deal gives me a bit of security and lets Adelaide United know where they stand as well, so I'm happy to sign a long term deal and I think Adelaide United are to," Galekovic said.

"Adelaide was my first preference, obviously there were a lot of plus sides to go back to Melbourne but in the end, Adelaide has treated me well and I'd like to pretty much finish my career up in Adelaide if I don't go overseas."

The former Melbourne Victory shot-stopper has not ruled out the possibility of a move overseas in the future, however for now he is more than happy to continue making saves for Adelaide United.

"It is not something I'm pushing to do but if offers do come from overseas, any player would have to look at it. But in saying that, if I'm going to play in Australia, I want to finish my career off in Adelaide, because it has been a great club, and a great club to me, so I'd just like to repay that faith to them," Galekovic added.

"When you're playing regular football you start enjoying your football more, and I'm pretty much at my peak as a goalkeeper, so I'm happy to give my best to Adelaide United while I'm at my peak."

18-year old Perth-born Birighitti, who is an Australian U20 international, has penned a two-year deal which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2011/12 season.

"I'm really happy to have signed for two more years. It's a great club, the boys have great to me and I have a good relationship with the coaches and the boys, so it would be hard to go to another club even though I was coming out of contract," Birighitti said.

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