Jurman signs two-year deal with Saudi Arabia’s Al Ittihad
Dubai: Saudi Arabia’s Al Ittihad signed Matthew Jurman on a two-year contract from Suwon Samsung Bluewings on Monday.
The Australian international will join the two-time AFC Champions League winners as they prepare for the Saudi Pro League 2018-19 season which begins in late August, and aim to return to the club Continental stage having missed the 2016 and 2017 editions.
Jurman began his senior professional career in Australia, playing for Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar, before moving to Korea Republic for a stint with the Suwon-based club, where he made three appearances in their 2018 AFC Champions League campaign.
The move means the 28-year-old will be passing up on the 2018 AFC Champions League quarter-finals first leg tie with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors.
Jurman, however, was quick to praise his former K1 League team saying: “From the day I became a Suwon Samsung Bluewings player, I loved every minute of it.
“Being my first move overseas for my career it had its ups and downs, but I thoroughly enjoyed every moment and loved learning the Korean culture and way of living.
“I always gave my best when I played for Suwon to always try help the team win. I’ll miss the city, the fans, my teammates and all the coaching staff and office staff. I’ll never forget the friends and experiences I made there!
“From now, I’ll be a Suwon fan and will be following the team from afar and one day we will meet again! Now, I’m looking forward to the next step in my career Al Ittihad! Good luck Suwon!
“I'm excited to have joined Al Ittihad. Looking forward to my first game in yellow and black. Hoping to win many games together to make it up the top!”
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