Srhoj leaves Glory for new club Heart

The West Australian April 13, 2010, 4:05 pm
Wayne Srhoj

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New A-League club Melbourne Heart are now one player short of fielding a full team after signing former Perth Glory midfielder Wayne Srhoj.

Srhoj is the 10th player signed by the Heart, joining the likes of John Aloisi, Simon Colosimo and Matt Thompson, and will play for the new club for at least the next two seasons.

The 28-year-old joins the Heart after playing the past two seasons at the Glory, where he also won a championship title in the now-defunct National Soccer League (NSL).

Srhoj was a captain of Australia's under-20 side during its 2001 World Cup campaign and also played with the Brisbane Strikers and Sydney Olympic in the NSL, then spending four seasons in Romania before he returned to the Glory.

Heart coach John van't Schip said Srhoj was perfectly suited to the style of soccer he wanted the new club to play.

"There are very few players in Australia who share Wayne's vision, creativity and on-ball ability, and I have no doubt his presence will be a massive boost for our club," van't Schip said.

"Wayne has the quality to be an international player.

"It's our job now to work hard together to take his game to the level it can be."

The Heart are hopeful of signing more players by the end of April, which could include former Socceroo Josip Skoko.