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Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 August, 2003, 16:07 GMT 17:07 UK
Zdrilic clinches Dons move
David Zdrilic
David Zdrilic missed much of last season through injury
Australian striker David Zdrilic has signed a one-year deal with Aberdeen.

Zdrilic made an immediate impact on his Pittodrie debut, scoring a goal after only 80 seconds in the Dons' 5-1 friendly match defeat by Liverpool on Tuesday.

The former Unterhaching and SSV Ulm player spent last season at Walsall and was keen to remain in Britain.

Zdrilic's representative Craig Nettelbeck completed talks with Aberdeen manager Steve Paterson on Tuesday afternoon and the player signed a work permit hours before the Liverpool game kicked off.

Aberdeen beat off competition for the 29-year-old from Norwegian club SK Brann Bergen and an unnamed Nationwide First Division club.

Zdrilic only managed five goals in 10 outings last season due to injury but hit an incredible eight goals when the Socceroos thrashed American Samoa 31-0 two years ago.

And the Tartan Army may also remember him scoring against Scotland in 2000, when the Australians inflicted a 2-0 defeat on Craig Brown's men.


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