George, 31, was named Player of the Season by the A-League victors after he scored nine goals and notched 14 assists. But the former Netherlands Under-21 international could not agree an extension after an outstanding debut campaign upon arrival from Turkey’s Adana Demirspor, leading to the fielding of offers from across Asia.
The promoted Sky Blues officially won this chase on Saturday night. He joins Colombian midfielder Michael Ortega in becoming the club’s second foreign capture, after a loan deal for Ghanaian defender Abdul Kadiri Mohammed from Austria Wien was cancelled.
“Bani Yas signs with the Dutchman Leroy George for one year coming from the Australian team, Melbourne Victory,” they tweeted. “This is renewable for another season.”
George played for Utrecht from 2006-10, with whom he scored once in seven Jong Oranje caps. His career then took him to N.E.C., Azerbaijan’s Qarabag plus the Turkish duo of Goztepe and Adana, before gaining silverware Down Under.
Bani previously signed Australia star Mark Milligan from Victory in June 2015.
A number of promising domestic additions have also been made this summer under new coach, Krunoslav Jurcic.
These include UAE and Emirates Club centre forward Ahmed Malallah, Al Wasl playmaker Ahmed Al Shamisi, injury-prone Al Jazira utility man Salem Ali and the rehiring of centre midfielder Fawaz Awana from Al Nasr.
The defender has moved to the Blue Wave on a three-year contract, just 12 months after signing for two-time AGL champions Jazira where he only played four times in the league.
“Al Nasr has agreed a deal for defender Mohammed Ayed from Al Jazira Club on a contract that will last three years. The player will wear the number 21 shirt,” read a statement on Al Nasr’s official Twitter account.
Ayed’s new employers have been busy in the pre-season as coach Ivan Jovanovic looks to improve on their fourth-place finish in the AGL where they finished 16 points behind champions Al Ain.
Former France, PSG and Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye is their most high-profile signing with the 32-year-old ending his three-year stay in the Premier League with Crystal Palace.
Jovanovic has already landed a new striker in the form of Brazilian Iury de Castilho from Ukraine’s Zorya Luhansk. The 22-year-old scored on 11 occasions in 25 Ukrainian Premier League matches last term for his fourth-placed employers.
With the season to begin next month, Nasr have acted early in their transfer business with UAE centre-back Mohammed Marzooq arriving from Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club and young forward Mohamed Al Akbari from Al Wahda.
Saudi Professional League Coach of the Year Vuk Rasovic is determined to seek “new success” with Al Dhafra and prevent another dogfight against relegation.
Rasovic, 45, has inked a three-year deal with the ambitious Western Knights. The Germany-born, ex-Yugoslavia defender represents a promising appointment after he guided Al Faisaly to defeat in their first-ever King’s Cup final in May, plus lifted them from sixth to ninth during his only full season in charge.
At the same time, Dhafra finished just one point and one place outside the promotion/relegation play-off spots in the Arabian Gulf League. Rasovic has resolved to stop a repeat, especially with outstanding Al Hilal midfielder Nicolas Milesi among a flurry of intriguing recruits.
He said: “I have a great desire for new success with this team. I followed Al Dhafra and the Arabian Gulf League before signing and I have a good idea about the team.
“I especially praise the club’s deal with the Uruguayan player, Nicolas Milesi.”
Rasovic replaces Macedonia’s Gjoko Hadzievski.
The new man has also impressed in Europe. In 2012/13, he claimed the Serbian Super Liga crown with giants Partizan Belgrade.
Future glory at Dhafra will rest on the output of their four foreign additions.
Milesi won the SPL twice with Hilal, Brazilian midfielder Diego is the reigning Ligue 2 Player of the Year, centre-back Amine Atouchi represented Morocco at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and Helder Guedes is an ex-Portugal Under-21 forward.
مدرب الظفرة الجديد الصربي فوك رازوفيتش يؤكد على أن لديه رغبه في تحقيق نجاح جديد مع فريقه ويقول انه تابع الظفرة ودوري الخليج العربي قبل التوقيع وكون فكره جيده عن الفريق ويشيد بصفقة النادي مع الأوروغوياني نيوكولاس ميليسي ..#عام_زايد @AbuDhabiSC @uaefa_ae @AGLeague pic.twitter.com/oq3amW9Y4C— نادي الظفرة الرياضي (@aldhafraclub_ae) July 14, 2018