Signing news: Reds secure Danish striker

Adelaide United have bolstered their attacking stocks for the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 Season with the signing of Danish forward Ken Ilso.

In a huge coup for the Reds who were desperate to find a replacement for the departed Johan Absalonsen, Ilso has inked a one-year deal.

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The 31-year-old, who most recently played in Malaysia with Penang,  boasts an impressive footballing pedigree having amassed over 150 matches across his time in the Danish Superliga as well as the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga.

Ilsø began his career in the Dutch Eredivisie before returning to his homeland to play for SønderjyskE and then FC Midtjylland.

A successful spell in Denmark secured a move to German second division side Fortuna Düsseldorf midway through the 2010/11 campaign and in his first full season he helped gain promotion to the top-flight for the 2012/13 season.

Ilsø, who has represented the Danish national team at the U19, U20 and U21 levels, has additionally been on the books of VfL Bochum, and also Home United of Singapore and Malaysian team, Kedah.

Ken Ilsø highlights

The Dane enjoyed a prolific goal-scoring record in Southeast Asia, bagging a total of 61 goals in 85 matches in all competitions with Home and Kedah.

“I’m really excited to join Adelaide United and about the upcoming season,” Ilsø said.

“I’ve always wanted to play in Australia somehow, at some point in my career, and I’ve been trying for at least the last two years to see if it could be possible.

“Then Marco [coach Marco Kurz] came here and did a very good job last year and now I got the chance and I’m not going to let that chance run.

“I’m here and I want to make the new season better than what the team was able to achieve last season and I want to reach a high amount of goals, creating a lot of chances for my teammates too.

“Adelaide United fans can expect from me a very direct player who’s always looking to create opportunities and then always trying to go for goal.”

Adelaide boss Kurz praised the acquisition of Ilsø and said his experience and attacking prowess will be a valuable asset to the squad.

“We are very happy to bring Ken to Adelaide United,” Kurz said.

“Ken is a very good player and someone with a lot of offensive abilities. I have known of Ken for a few years while he was playing in Germany and have always been impressed with his quality.

“In the last few seasons Ken has been playing in Asia and has scored a lot of goals and made a lot of assists.

“Not only can he play as a striker, but he can also play as a creative midfielder behind the striker as well and this versatility is very good for any football team.

“These are things that we need and I am confident that Ken can bring this to our team for the new A-League season, but also the FFA Cup, which will start very soon.”

Ken Ilso