Adelaide United have signed experienced Australian-born Turkish international defender Ersan Gülüm on a season-long loan from Chinese side Hebei China Fortune.
GETTING TO KNOW GULUM
*Gulum, 30, has spent the majority of his career at Turkish Süper Lig giants Beşiktaş.
*He was born in Melbourne to Turkish parents and chose to represent Turkey, making seven appearances since his international debut in 2013.
*The versatile defender played for Hume City before moving to Turkeish club Manisaspor in 2005.
EXCITED ABOUT NEW START IN ADELAIDE
"I've heard great things about the city and I'm really looking forward to working in a professional environment under a strong, European manager, like Marco [Kurz],” Gulum said.
"I'm joining Adelaide with the ambition of being successful and I have every intention of making sure that happens.
"Australian football has given me so much and I'm here to give back to it by working very hard every day in training."
KURZ LIKES WHAT HE SEES
“Gülüm is an experienced player who’s established himself in Turkey, where he’s captained the club and is clearly a leader,” the Reds boss said.
“I knew of him from his time in Europe with Beşiktaş, and I have no doubt he will be an excellent signing for the Club.
“I spoke with a teammate of Ersan’s during his time at Besiktas, a German player, who praised him highly.
"This is the first signing we have completed and is just the beginning of what we are aiming to do.
"I am sure we will have more good news in the coming days."