Western United sign Serbian striker

Experienced Serbian striker Aleksandar Prijovic has signed a multi-year deal with Western United.
Experienced Serbian striker Aleksandar Prijovic has signed a multi-year deal with Western United.

Western United have added significant firepower to their A-League Men attack, signing Serbia international Aleksandar Prijovic on a multi-year deal.

Prijovic, 31, most recently played in the Saudi Pro League but previously enjoyed a consistent goalscoring career throughout Europe.

He played and scored in both the Champions League and the Europa League, and previously claimed two Ekstraklasa league titles in Poland with Legia Warsaw and a Greek Super League title, a golden boot and two Greek Cups with PAOK.

He has also made 13 senior appearances and scored two goals for Serbia, including playing one game against Costa Rica at the 2018 World Cup, after previously representing Switzerland at youth level.

"I'm very happy to come to Australia and look forward to experiencing new things by playing football in a new country and in a competitive league," he said.

"I know there is lots of quality in the A-League; lots of good players and many good teams and I'm looking forward to competing against them.

"I'm confident I can come in and help the team to score goals and win games and hopefully we can challenge for titles in the future."

United have plenty of young attackers on their books, including Dylan Pierias, Lachie Wales and Dylan Wenzel-Halls but Prijovic shapes as the ideal replacement for the departed Besart Berisha.

"What we love about Aleksandar is his consistency in scoring goals regardless of where he has played and his desire to continue to add to his tally with Western United," coach John Aloisi said.

"He has played at the highest level for club and country and has impressive pedigree and success, leading the scoring charts in Greece with PAOK and a number of Champions League matches under his belt.

"We have strengthened other areas of the squad really well, but we were still looking for another option up front, and we're really happy to add Aleksandar's qualities to our side with his goalscoring, aerial prowess and hunger to succeed."

Australian Associated Press