John Aloisi has strengthed Melbourne Heart's attacking stocks for Hyundai A-League season 2012/13, signing of former Dinamo Zagreb striker Josip Tadic.
Tadic, 24, follows the arrivals of Liberian international Patrick Gerhardt, defender Steven Gray, Young Socceroo Golgol Mebrahtu and two-time Hyundai A-League Champion Andrew Redmayne as Aloisi looks to restructure his side.
The Heart boss said the former Croatian youth international possesses all the tools required to succeed in the A-League.
“Josip’s a No.9, holds up the ball well, finds good positions in the box and is a goal scorer. He’s a very important signing,” Aloisi said.
“Having won three titles on the bounce during his time at Dinamo Zagreb alongside Luka Modric, Josip will bring a winning mentality and is the perfect type of player for our system.
“He will be the player we look for to score goals and we’re sure he will. Josip is a player with a lot to prove.”
Tadic arrives at Heart following an accomplished career in Europe, where the angular attacker enjoyed stints with German outfits Bayer Leverkusen and Arminia Bielefeld, and French Ligue 1 side Grenoble Foot 38.
Tadic scored 20 goals in 62 appearances for Croatian giants Dinamo Zagreb, featured in UEFA Champions League and Europa League campaigns, and earned more than 20 caps for Croatia at U/21 level.