Brisbane Roar have confirmed the signing of former Tunisia international Fahid Ben Khalfallah for the 2017/18 A-League season.
Ben Khalfallah, who turns 35 in October, joins Brisbane after three seasons at Melbourne Victory, where he made 76 appearances, scoring 12 goals and creating 15 assists.
The Tunisian attacker is Roar's first signing following the off-season exits of German veteran Thomas Broich and Socceroos striker Jamie Maclaren, with young forward Brandon Borrello close to completing a deal to join Kaiserslautern.
Roar coach John Aloisi believes the addition of the experienced front man known as ‘FBK’ will bring a unique blend of class and attacking intent to the Roar side.
“Fahid’s experience and versatility will strengthen our already talented squad,” Aloisi said.
“His ability to play out wide or in the middle of our attack gives us greater unpredictability and creativity that will excite our fans.
“Most importantly though, we believe he will suit our style of play.”
The versatile Championship winning playmaker came to Australia after a distinguished career in France, including 76 appearances over four seasons for Ligue 1 giants Girondins Bordeaux, a team he joined for a fee of €5million in 2010.
Brisbane’s new recruit said the opportunity to continue to play in the A-League with one of the most successful team’s was a challenge he would relish.
“I’m very happy to sign with Brisbane. It was an easy decision to come to a Club that has won many Championships and Grand Finals,” Ben Khalfallah said.
“As soon as John Aloisi called me I told him yes straight away.
“I wanted to play for a big club with great players, and in my opinion, Brisbane is one of the biggest clubs in Australia.
“I am here to help the Roar win trophies in the 2017/18 season.”
Ben Khalfallah arrived in the A-League before the 2014-15 season and made an instant impact, winning the Victory Player of the Season award after his maiden campaign in Australia.
Khalfallah will arrive in Brisbane for pre-season training in early July when Brisbane’s preparations for the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 campaign get underway.