The Qatari club turned their sights on the Socceroos star after fellow Australian, Mark Bresciano, was ruled out for the next six to eight weeks through injury.

Kewell has already joined his new team-mates in a training session and is preparing for Al Gharafa’s match with Al Sadd on Saturday in the Qatar Stars League.

The golden boy of Australia’s golden generation, Kewell had been without a club since leaving Melbourne Victory at the end of last year’s A-League season for family reasons. Many expected him to return to the A-League with Perth Glory apparently interested in bringing him back Downunder.

Kewell, who has played for the Socceroos on 66 occasions, is widely regarded as Australia’s best ever footballer.