Heart bolsters attack with Macallister signing

Melbourne Heart FC has strengthened its attacking armoury with the signing of striker Dylan Macallister for the Hyundai A-League 2012/13 season.

Melbourne Heart FC has strengthened its attacking armoury with the signing of striker Dylan Macallister for the Hyundai A-League 2012/13 season.

Macallister, 30, has signed a two-year deal to link up with Heart and follows the arrivals of attackers Josip Tadic and former Gold Coast United speedster Golgol Mebrahtu.

An imposing central striker, Macallister-s arrival provides added depth in the final third of the park, offering an accomplished alternative at the heart of attack.

With Macallister-s signing bringing Heart one step closer to completing its squad for the upcoming season, Head Coach John Aloisi said the former Young Socceroo brings a complete look to the side-s attack.

“Dylan is certainly a player who is going to add depth and support to our squad. He-s a different type of player to the attacking options we currently have up front in that he is a strong physical presence, who is also capable of taking up dangerous positions in the penalty box.

“He has a lot of experience to bring to the Club. We played together at the Mariners and I-m looking forward to working with him. I know he is a great character and will certainly allow the younger guys to walk taller.”

Having enjoyed a decade-long career at the professional level, Macallister arrives at Heart following stints with Gold Coast United and Icelandic club Breiðablik UBK, where he scored during a UEFA Champions League qualifier against Norwegian giants Rosenborg BK last season.

A member of the Joeys side which succumbed on penalties to Brazil in the final of the 1999 FIFA U/17 World Championship, Macallister has been a regular member of the national set-up at both youth and senior level, featuring in Socceroo squads under former coach Pim Verbeek.

Details Name: Dylan Macallister D.O.B: 17/5/1982 Position: Striker Notable former clubs: Gold Coast United, Breiðablik UBK (Iceland), Wellington Phoenix, Central Coast Mariners, FC Lyn (Norway), SK Brann (Norway)