Goals and plenty of them are on the agenda for Heart's latest recruit, with the well-traveled marksman aiming to bring his scoring touch to the A-League in 2013-14
Melbourne Heart's new attacking threat Michael Mifsud has pledged to make an impact in red and white this season, hoping to translate his scoring record for his country to club level.
The Maltese international is his country's all-time top scorer with 37 goals in 99 appearances for the European minnows.
The 32-year-old, who has played for Coventry City in the English Championship, as well as Kaiserslautern and Lillestrom, arrived in Melbourne on Tuesday and wasted no time in pointing out his best asset.
"I'm a goal scorer, that's what I do best," the Malta captain said.
"I'm here to work; I'm not just here to relax. I know Australian football is doing well and it's a good level so I need to hard as well."
Mifsud, who will be hoping to link up productively with fellow new arrival Harry Kewell, said he will not be intimidated by a physical approach, despite standing at a diminutive 5'5".
"I've played in Norway, which is quite physical, and England, which is quite physical as well – ok I am small – but I'm quite strong," he said.
The forward, known as 'The Mosquito', is confident of Heart's chances of challenging for the title, responding emphatically when asked about a potential tilt at silverware.
"Of course [we will be challenging]," said Mifsud.
"It's a good level league, it's always improving year by year and of course I took that into consideration."
Despite only being formally unveiled on Wednesday, Mifsud has already praised the positive mood at his new club.
"I had a really warm welcome from the team and from the club … [and] the lads; they're all nice and bubbly you know, so it's always nice to have an atmosphere like that."
The Heart's head coach John Aloisi has praised the new arrival's energy and enthusiasm, which he believes will help Mifsud fit into the team's structure.
"I saw the runs that he makes as a striker, they are the runs I'm looking for," Aloisi said.
"He's very quick, he's direct, and in the box you can see he is a goal scorer."
However, Mifsud looks set to miss the Heart's opening fixture against cross-town rivals Melbourne Victory, as he will be receiving his 100th cap for Malta against the Czech Republic on October 11, the same weekend the A-League kicks off.
Heart are also set to sign Italian midfielder Andrea Migliorini as an injury replacement for marquee Dutchman Orlando Engelaar, who is expected to be out until 2014 at the earliest due to a broken leg.