Dubai: Bani Yas have signed Dutch winger Leroy George from Australia’s Melbourne Victory. The 31-year-old former Utrecht, NEC, Qarabag, Goztepe and Adana player played a key part in Melbourne’s A-League championship winning season last year with nine-goals and a league high 14 assists.
He joins Colombian midfielder Michael Ortega (who joined recently from Colombia’s Deportivo Pasto) at Bani Yas under new Croatian coach Krunoslav Jurcic.
Elsewhere, Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club have signed Ecuadorean striker Jaime Ayovi from China’s Beijing Renhe. The 30-year-old former Emelec, Toluca, Pachuca, Tijuana and Godoy Cruz man joins Argentinian midfielder Mauro Diaz (who joined recently from the USA’s FC Dallas) at Shabab Ahli under new Chilean coach Jose Luis Sierra.
Brazilian-born Moldovan forward Henrique Luvannor is also understood to have been retained by Shabab Ahli. In other news Emirates Club have signed Ivorian midfielder Bakary Kone from Ajman and Guinean defensive midfielder Aboubacar Sylla from Tunisia’s JS Kairouan.