Pune FC bring on A-League attacker James Meyer
Pune: Pune FC completed their quota of foreign players for the upcoming season by adding Australian forward James Meyer to their list of signees.
Meyer is the second player from Down Under signed up by the club over the years, apart from bringing along the experience of being part of two-time A-League champion side Brisbane Roar. Last season, Pune FC signed on-loan striker Boima Karpeh in 2013.
Meyer, who signed under the Asian quota, joins Douhou Pierre (Ivory Coast) and recently signed Raul Fabiani (Spain) and Calum Angus (England) as the four overseas players in the Pune FC squad.
"We are very happy to have signed James. He is a versatile player who has invaluable experience; not only has he played in the A-League but also the Asian Champions League. I would like to wish him the very best of luck for the season ahead," Pune FC`s Head Operations, Chirag Tanna wa quoted as saying in a press release.
Meyer, who completed formalities at the club on Monday, said he was looking ahead for the new challenge.
"I am up for it. First and foremost I would like to help the team be successful. Personal goals are secondary, but I would like to score as many goals as possible," he said.
"The I-League is a growing league and quality foreigners are needed. Hopefully, I can bring something to Indian football and teach the local kids what I know," the 27-year-old Sydney-born player added.
Meyer, who is comfortable playing on either wing or in attack, began his career at Brisbane City FC as a youngster in the 2005-06 season.
Known for his pace and versatility to adapt to various positions, he officially joined Brisbane Roar ahead of their A-League campaign in June 2010.
In his three years at Brisbane Roar, Meyer won the A-League title in his first season while also helping his team to a runners-up position in the following season. Also known for his ability to score goals from distance, he notched up 6 league goals in 21 league appearances.
He had also represented Brisbane Roar in the AFC Champions League in 2012 and 2013.