Former national star hoping to force his way back into squad to play at 2014 World Cup.
Former Liverpool star Harry Kewell has signed for A-League club the Melbourne Heart as he looks to force his way back into the Socceroos side for the 2014 World Cup.
The 34-year-old, one of Australia’s best-known footballers, left rival club Melbourne Victory after the 2011/12 season and went to England for family reasons. He has barely played since other than three games for Qatari side Al-Gharafa.
But Heart coach John Aloisi, a former international colleague of Kewell’s, said he was in great shape.
“I have been in regular contact with Harry over the past few months and have been so struck and impressed by his hunger,” Aloisi said.
“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.”
Kewell will kick off the season in October against old side Melbourne Victory and said he was thrilled to be back in the A-League.
“It’s always been my intention to come back and play in the A-League,” Kewell said, who also has stints at Leeds United and Turkish side Galatasaray.
“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.”
Kewell has played in two World Cups, scoring 17 goals in 58 international appearances.
He missed selection for Australia’s decisive World Cup qualifiers this month but coach Holger Osieck has said the door remains open.