Transfer wrap: Reds sign former FC Schalke defender, Muratovic departs Roar for Phoenix
Adelaide United have secured the services of former FC Schalke 04 defender George Timotheou on a two-year contract.
Throughout his time in Germany the 23-year-old accrued 23 appearances for Schalke's reserves side FC Schalke 04 II before making his first-team debut in 2019, playing 90 minutes and keeping a clean sheet against German Bundesliga opponents VfB Stuttgart.
A stint at Belgian outfit Zulte Waregem followed before Canberra-born Timotheou signed with the Reds, returning to Australia ahead of the 2020/21 A-League campaign.
Timotheou told the club website the opportunity to play consistent football at a senior level whilst contributing to bringing success to South Australia were key factors in his decision to join the Reds.
“Adelaide is such a massive club and I’m really happy to be here," Timotheou said.
“The atmosphere and the culture of the club is a really exciting prospect and I can’t wait to get started.
“I haven’t played too many senior games in the last season or two, but that’s why I’m here and that’s what I want to do - help the team and this club be successful.
“It’s going to be a big season for this group and I think we’re going in positive direction to bring more success to South Australia.”
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Adelaide continued their transfer activity on Wednesday afternoon, announcing the signing of 21-year-old James Delianov on a two-year deal.
Delianov parted ways with former club Western United to join Carl Veart's side, and says he's excited to further develop his game under the guidance of Veart and Goalkeeper Coach Eugene Galekovic.
“This is a great club, one with a lot of history and success in the A-League, and its ambitions match my own," Delianov said.
“I’ve come to Adelaide to further my game and develop my football under Carl (Veart), but also under Eugene (Galekovic).
“I want to play as many minutes as possible and I think with Eugene guiding me, and our other ‘keepers, the team will be in safe hands over the next few seasons.
“I know a few of the players in the team already and I’ve heard how good the group of boys are, so I can’t wait to get amongst the group and get started.”
Kim returns to Roar as Muratovic departs for Wellington
Brisbane Roar welcomed classy midfielder Danny Kim back into their ranks on Tuesday - the same day they waved goodbye to promising striker Mirza Muratovic.
Roar Head Coach Warren Moon ensured Kim returned to the Roar after a successful loan spell from NPL Queensland side Lions FC in the 2019/20 A-League campaign.
It took the 22-year-old just five appearances in the latter stages of the campaign to prove his credentials as a midfielder of A-League calibre, and upon returning to the club the Queensland native said he would grab his second opportunity in the top flight of Australian football with both hands.
“After getting a taste last season, I was really excited when the club approached me for another opportunity,” Kim told the club website.
“Once again, I’m grateful and proud to be a local lad playing for my hometown club.
"It’s also great to be playing under a coach like [Head Coach] Warren [Moon] who is going to push me to the next level.
“There’s no better feeling than winning football games so I can’t wait to contribute to this team’s success.”
But with the arrival of Kim came the departure of 20-year-old Muratovic, who joins Ufuk Talay's Wellington Phoenix on a one-year deal.
Muratovic featured 13 times for the Roar in the 2019/20 A-League campaign, scoring two goals and assisting two more.
His form for Brisbane's youth outfit in the 2018/19 season - where he scored 21 goals in 40 appearances for the Young Roar - offers much promise for Muratovic's future in the A-League which Talay and the Phoenix will hope to unlock in the 2020/21 season.
“We’re fortunate to have a young attacking player of Mirza’s ability on board," Talay said as he welcomed Muratovic to the Phoenix.
"He’s got a lot of upside and has shown an ability to keep calm under pressure and to score goals at crucial moments during matches.
“We’re looking forward to seeing him with the team at training this week; he’ll get opportunities this season to earn minutes and to continue growing as a player.”
Velaphi returns for third Glory stint as Margush heads to Wanderland
Tando Velaphi has signed for his hometown club Perth Glory for the third time in his career after 22-year-old goalkeeper Daniel Margush sought a new opportunity at Western Sydney Wanderers, signing a two-year contract with the Red and Black.
Margush departs Perth without featuring at A-League level to join Carl Robinson's Wanderers outfit, where he'll serve as an understudy to experienced gloveman Daniel Lopar.
Velaphi, 33, will hope to add to the 74 A-League appearances he's made for Perth throughout his career as the club prepare for the 2020/21 A-League campaign and an exciting venture into the AFC Champions League.
"I’m a Perth boy and the club is very special to me,” Velaphi told the club website.
"So I’m really pleased to be back.
"Football is always full of twists and turns and now I’m really looking forward to take the opportunity that has been handed to me by [Head Coach] Richard Garcia."