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Roar bring Aussie Paartalu back home
20:51 AEST Wed Feb 24 2010

The Queensland Roar have wasted no time bolstering their roster for next season, signing Scottish-based Australian midfielder Eric Paartalu to a three-year contract.

Paartalu has spent the past four years in Scottish football, playing with Gretna, Stirling Albion and most recently Division One outfit Greenock Morton.

Still only 23, the 193cm defensive midfielder can add a great physical presence to the A-League side.

"My contract was running down with Morton in the summer and there was plenty of interest from (Roar coach) Ange (Postecoglou)," said Paartalu, who played for Australia's under-17 side in 2003.

"Working with him was a big draw to come back at the right time.

"I've been watching the progress of the A-League and I always imagined myself playing in it, it was just a matter of timing of when to come back.

"I feel the way things are going in Australia I'd like to give it a crack and with what Ange is trying to put together for next season it is going to be interesting and exciting.

"It was an opportunity I couldn't refuse really."

Paartalu was a Northern Spirit youth player but headed overseas after the demise of the old National Soccer League.

To date he has made nearly 100 first team starts in Scotland, including three in Gretna's ill-fated Scottish Premier League campaign.

The Sydney-born Paartalu believes he can bring a new dimension to Queensland's midfield and coach Postecoglou agrees.

"I think he's the kind of defensive midfielder we need at the club," Postecoglou said.

"Now is a perfect time for him to come back, I think he sees this as a challenge to pick up his career here in Australia."


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