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Melbourne Heart sign Kewell

June 5, 2013
By ESPN staff

Melbourne Heart recruit Harry Kewell has “some unfinished business” to attend to after announcing a one-year deal to return to the A-League.

Harry Kewell
GettyImagesHarry Kewell has decided to join A-League club Melbourne Heart.

Kewell has been rumoured in recent weeks with a return to Australia after finishing a short spell with Qatari club Al Gharafa.

And after declining the offer of A-League rival Newcastle Jets, the younger Melbourne club on Wednesday made the former Liverpool and Leeds capture official.

“Everyone at the club is impressed with Harry’s positive mindset and motivations for coming to Melbourne Heart,” Heart CEO Scott Munn said in a statement.

“He is very keen to work with John Aloisi and achieve success alongside him; he absolutely loves the city of Melbourne and, significantly, he has a desire to work closely to develop our younger players.

“Harry is not coming to the club as a marquee player - and will be within the salary cup - but as a player with a lot to prove and some unfinished business.”

Heart manager John Aloisi added: “I have been in regular contact with Harry over the past few months and have been so struck and impressed by his hunger.”

“He has always been a wonderful professional and a winner and, in spending time with him, nothing has changed.

“I watched Harry’s progress in the Middle East very closely and it’s clear that physically he is in great condition so we are confident that, with a big pre-season, he will be flying by round one.

“It’s impossible to argue against the football quality and international experience that Harry will bring to our team and to the Hyundai A-League.

“With the right support, there is absolutely no reason why Harry cannot make a substantial contribution toward the team’s success this season.”

The 34-year-old Kewell said the A-League was always his number one destination and the chance to work with former Socceroo team-mate Aloisi proved to be the winning factor.

“It’s always been my intention to come back and play in the A-League,” Kewell said.

“John Aloisi and I have known each other a long time and we have played together, so I’m thrilled to be part of Melbourne Heart at an exciting time.”