Transfer news: Glory signs Romanian international

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Perth Glory have boosted their squad ahead of the Hyundai A-League finals signing Romanian international Lucian Goian on a short-term deal for the remainder of the season.

The 34-year old experienced central defender heads to Perth after playing for Indian giants Mumbai City in the Indian Super League (IPL) where he was voted the league's best defender.

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During this time he spent the season rubbing shoulders with former Glory midfielder Krisztian Vadocz and former Manchester United striker and Uruguayan international Diego Forlan.

Having represented his native Romania at the U-21 level, Goian comes from a rich pedigree, playing for local powerhouse Dinamo Bucharest, winning the Romanian League Championship, the Romanian Cup and the Romanian Supercup.

Prior to his IPL experience, Goian played 73 matches in the Chinese Super League with Tianjin Teda and Beijing Baxy before returning to his homeland to play for two more seasons with FC Bracov and CFR Cluj.

Perth Glory players celebrate Diego Castro's superlative equaliser against the Phoenix on Saturday.

Goian has been signed following season ending injuries to Glory defenders Shane Lowry (quad) and Alex Grant (foot).

He has arrived in Perth and has commenced training and will don the number 26 for the remainder of the season.

Goian is expected to be available for selection for this week's Round 24 Hyundai A-League match against table leaders Sydney FC at nib Stadium on Sunday March 26.

This article was originally published at: http://www.perthglory.com.au/article/glory-sign-international-romanian/1h7xz4g7kudq81aabsf4ya8a2q.