Melbourne Victory have announced the signing of experienced Tunisian international Fahid Ben Khalfallah on a one-year-deal.
The French-born, attacking midfielder can play anywhere in the front third of the pitch and joins Victory from French Ligue 2 side, Troyes AC.
The 31-year-old has played extensively in France’s top-flight, with a four year stint at Bordeaux, after impressing at his previous French clubs, including Valenciennes, SM Caen, Angers SCO, Stade Laval and Amiens SC.
Ben Khalfallah will take up the club’s fifth and final international spot.
Kevin Muscat said he was looking forward to welcoming Ben Khalfallah to Melbourne and expected him to have a big impact in the competition this season.
“Fahid’s versatility and attacking mindset is a very exciting prospect for us and we think he will add even more depth and quality to our squad,” Muscat said.
“Fahid is a top quality addition to our front third. He can play as a winger, an attacking midfielder, or even as a number nine if needed. We know he’ll be a big part of our 2014/15 A-League campaign.
“We’ve focused on bringing in experienced, quality players to our squad this pre-season and I certainly think we’ve achieved that. That experience is invaluable and will also be beneficial for the younger boys in our squad who are eager to learn off those more experienced players."
Ben Khalfallah said the opportunity to play in the Hyundai A-League was a challenge he would relish.
“I am very happy to be moving to Australia and playing for Melbourne Victory in this next stage of my career,” Ben Khalfallah said.
“I’m really looking forward to playing in a new country, in a great place like Australia, and helping Melbourne Victory win the A-League this season.”
Ben Khalfallah will begin training with his teammates this morning and be presented with his shirt at the club's Open Day on Sunday.
Fahid Ben Khalfallah
DOB: October 9, 1982 (31-year-old)
Born: Péronne, France
Position: Attacking midfielder
Tunisia (14 appearances, 2 goals)
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