Harry Kewell joins Australian side Melbourne Victory

Harry Kewell
Kewell, who has won 54 Australia caps, has spent the past three years in Turkey

Former Leeds and Liverpool midfielder Harry Kewell will play top-flight football in Australia for the first time after joining Melbourne Victory.

Kewell, 32, has signed a three-year deal with the A-League team after three seasons at Turkish side Galatasaray.

"It has always been my ambition to play in my home country and I am pleased to have that opportunity by playing for Melbourne Victory," Kewell said.

The Australia international played over 300 top-flight matches in England.

Kewell, who has won 54 caps for Australia and scored 16 goals, left his home town of Sydney in 1995 as a teenager to play in England with Leeds before moving to Liverpool.

He featured in the Champions League final in 2005, the only Australian ever to do so, but his five-year spell at Anfield was blighted by injury.

"We are delighted to announce that Harry has chosen to play for our club," Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro said.

"Harry is an Australian sporting icon and will bring not only incredible talent to Melbourne Victory but will attract more fans to football and boost greater interest and participation in the sport in Australia."

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