Roar welcome striker Kurtišhi to Brisbane

Brisbane Roar has confirmed the addition of Albanian striker Mensur Kurtišhi to their squad for the Hyundai A-League 2014/15 season.

The 28-year-old joins the three-time Hyundai A-League Champions following stints in Austria, UAE, Iran, Kazakhstan and Macedonia, signing a one-year contract.

Since arriving in Australia last Wednesday, Kurtišhi has been training with the Roar squad and Head Coach Mike Mulvey is confident the striker will fit the club’s style of play.

“Mensur has trained with us for a few sessions now,” Mulvey said.

“He’s clicked well with the other players and it’s clear that he understands our system and the way we want to play football.

“Mensur is a proven goal-scorer with an excellent goals-to-game ratio and we’re confident he’ll enjoy it here in Brisbane, both on and off the field.”

Kurtišhi was equally excited about his new challenge with the reigning Premiers and Champions, saying his teammates had already made him feel very welcome.

“I’m very happy to be here,” Kurtišhi said.

“Brisbane is a great team and the guys here have been very friendly since I arrived.

“I’ve watched games from last season and like the way the team plays football.

“I’m looking forward to playing for Brisbane Roar.”

Kurtišhi will travel back to Europe late next week to get married but will return to Queensland shortly after, meaning he could make his club debut in the FFA Cup clash away to Stirling Lions or at the Townsville Football Cup.

Mensur Kurtišhi
Date of birth: 25 March 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth: Kumanovo, Macedonia
Position: Striker
Squad number: 7
Contract details: 1 year, until the end of Hyundai A-League 2014/15 season

Playing history:
Parndorf 1919, Austria (2006-2008)
Wiener Neustadt, Austria (2008-2010)
Al-Taawon, Saudi Arabia (2010)
Al-Shaab, United Arab Emirates (2010-2011)
FK Shkëndija, Macedonia (2011)
FC Tobol, Kazakhstan (2012-2013)
FK Shkëndija, Macedonia (2013)

International caps:
Macedonia (2)