Reds sign Slovenian forward

07 February 2018 06:16:16 EST

Adelaide United have signed Slovenian striker Dzengis Cavusevic for the rest of the A-League season.

The 30-year-old was available as a free agent, having left FZ Zurich in December.

Cavusevic started his career in Slovenia with Domzale before moving to Swiss side Wil 1900, and then onto St Gallen two years later.

His stint with St Gallen yielded 13 goals in 85 games, and he netted six times in 32 appearances for FC Zurich before his deal was cancelled by mutual consent.

Cavusevic has played twice for Slovenia, his most recent appearance coming in 2014.

Coach Marco Kurz believes the forward will suit the fourth-placed Reds well, saying: "Dzengis will bring a lot of experience from Europe to our team and this will be important as we get closer to the finals.

"He is a very strong player and he is a hard worker, which I am sure will be a very good fit for our team."

Cavusevic said he'd come to United to win games and help the team and would give 100 per cent effort.

Meanwhile, Melbourne Victory keeper Lawrence Thomas has declared himself fit to play in Friday's meeting with Brisbane Roar.

Thomas was knocked out after a nasty head clash with Newcastle Jets' Andrew Nabbout last weekend but was cleared of any serious injury after being assessed in hospital.

He said he was certain he was fit to take on the Roar, where Kevin Muscat's side will aim to stop the rot after consecutive defeats.

"We get to a point where we win two or three on the trot and you think 'here we go, we're on the move again' and then in the last two weeks we've had two losses," added the keeper. "We continue to work hard during the week and we need to make sure we turn up on Friday."

Melbourne Victory are 12/1 to win the Grand Final and 8/13 to win their next game against Brisbane, who are 4/1 with the draw 10/3.

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