The 26-year-old made 17 appearances for the Red & Gold Brigade in ISL 2020-21.

A-League outfit Brisbane Roar have completed the signing of Matti Steinmann ahead of the upcoming season, the club announced on Wednesday. Steinmann represented SC East Bengal in the recently concluded 2020-21 edition of the Indian Super League (ISL).

“We are excited to announce the signing of former Germany youth international Matti Steinmann for the next A-League season and beyond,” Brisbane Roar’s official statement read. The 26-year-old is expected to join his new team during their pre-season camp in the coming weeks.

Brisbane Roar welcome Matti Steinmann

A midfielder by trade, Steinmann already has prior experience of playing in the Australian top flight league, having helped Wellington Phoenix reach the Finals Series in 2019-20 season. Afterwards, he joined East Bengal in the ISL ahead of the 2020-21 season.

Under head coach Robbie Fowler, he made 17 appearances for the Red & Gold Brigade in the previous campaign, notching four goals and three assists in the process. He also completed 724 passes with an accuracy of over 74%, and accounted for 3.12 tackles, 1.35 interceptions and 1.18 clearances per game in the league. At Brisbane Roar, he will team up once again with Scott Neville, who was also at East Bengal on a loan deal last season.

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“I had a good season with Wellington, really enjoyed playing in the A-League, and I heard good things from Scott Neville during my time in India about Brisbane, about the club, about the city,” Steinmann said. “The gaffer had a good chat with me as well, so that made it easy for me to sign with the club.

“I am very excited to fly over to Brisbane, start training with the boys and be on the pitch again. And I just want to be part of the team for this really good club.

“I’m still in touch every week with Scott and he tells me that there are so many young players who are pushing hard, that the club is building a strong squad for the years to come. I just can’t wait to start. The league is so interesting,” the midfielder further added.

Meanwhile, Brisbane Roar Head Coach Warren Moon said, “We’re really looking forward to welcoming Matti to Brisbane. I know he is very excited about playing in the A-League again. His enthusiasm speaks volumes about his passion for football here and his belief in what we’re developing.”

“With that positive attitude and the qualities he brings to the squad at a good age, he is a very important signing for us,” he concluded.

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