Transfer news: Reds sign ex-Phoenix midfielder

Adelaide United have added experience to their midfield stocks for the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 Season following the acquisition former Wellington Phoenix veteran Vince Lia.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

*Lia has joined the Reds on a one-year deal, with the option to extend for a further year.

*The 32-year-old defensive midfielder has more than 200 Hyundai A-League appearances to his name during stints with Phoenix and Melbourne Victory.

*Lia could make his Adelaide debut in the club's Westfield FFA Cup clash against Newcastle Jets next week.

*Lia, who has represented Australia at U-17, 20 and 23 level, has scored four goals in his Hyundai A-League career.

WHAT THEY SAID

Reds boss Marco Kurz: “I’m very happy that Vince signed for Adelaide. I think we have a very young team and he’s an experienced player and it’s good for our team to have this type of footballer.

“He can play in the midfield in three different positions, which is fantastic, and I’m happy that he signed for the club.”

New recruit Vince Lia: “It feels good to be back in Australia, a bit closer to home, and continuing my football career so I’m very happy to be here.

“I think Adelaide’s got a pretty rich history. They were part of the old NSL and were a Championship team a few years ago so there’s a good history here with a lot of good players.

“I’ll bring some experience to the squad, because we have lost a few experienced players.

“I’ll also bring aggression and I guess some leadership because I’ve been around the league for 12 years so I hope to help the young guys come through.”