Socceroos winger joins Adelaide

15 August 2018 07:07:55 EST

Australia international winger Ben Halloran has returned to the A-League with Adelaide United.

The 26-year-old has signed a two-year deal with the Reds, having spent the last five years overseas.

He broke through with Gold Coast United in 2010/11 and had a season with Brisbane Roar before Fortuna Dusseldorf paid $400,000 for him in 2013.

During his time in Dusseldorf he was called up into the Socceroos squad by coach Ange Postecoglou and played as a substitute in all three group games at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The six-cap international feels he's benefitted from his time abroad, which most recently took him to Japanese side V-Varen Nagasaki.

"Coming back to Australia I'd have to say I'm a more well-rounded footballer and playing in Germany and playing in Japan they're both quite high levels, which helps a lot," he said.

"To date, I'm yet to win any silverware so I definitely have ambitions of coming to Adelaide to win something and to win the FFA Cup would be a great start."

United coach Marco Kurz said of Halloran, who is his sixth signing of the off-season: "He is a very versatile attacking player that will be important for us in the new season. He knows the A-League from playing here for a few seasons when he was younger."

Halloran can operate as a forward, as an attacking midfielder, or as a winger.

The Reds still have a couple of spots to fill in their squad, with eight players having left since the end of last season.

Adelaide are 14/1 to win the 2019 Grand Final.

The Reds are 17/10 to win their first game of the season against Sydney FC, who are 6/4 with the draw 12/5.

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