Brazilian ace joins Perth Glory

Perth Glory has added a touch of South American flair to their squad for the 2011/12 Hyundai A-League season with the signing of 'Andrezinho'.

Perth Glory has added a touch of South American flair to their squad for the 2011/12 Hyundai A-League season with the signing of 'Andrezinho'.

The Brazilian, whose name in full is Andre Luiz Rodigues Lopes has joined his new team mates in South Africa as a replacement for Victor Sikora.

The former Dutch international has again been forced to the sideline and placed on the long term injury list.

"It's a real shame because Victor is an exciting player, a player who can change games," Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson said.

"Andrezinho is actually a player we tried to get last season.

"We kept tabs on him and are now delighted to have him at Perth Glory.

The 26-year-old, is a left footed, attacking midfielder who can can wide on the left, right or through the middle.

He represented Brazil six times at under 20 level in 2004.

Andrezinho has recently been playing in Japan with Consadole Sapporo and in China with Liaoning Hongyun.

"He's a player with pace.

"He's exciting and direct and exactly what i have been looking for, " Ferguson added.

Chris Coyne agrees, having playing with Andrezinho at Liaoning.

"Andre is an excellent signing," Coyne said.

"He's positive, quick and has a bag of tricks.

"He'll entertain the fans just like he did when we played together in China."

Andrezinho will begin training with his team mates today.

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