Brent McGrath signs short-term Adelaide deal

The one-cap Socceroo will have a chance to impress at Coopers Stadium early in 2013-14 after being brought in as cover for Bruce Djite

Adelaide United have brought in former Brondby striker Brent McGrath on a one-month contract.

McGrath, 22, joins the A-League outfit as an injury replacement for Bruce Djite, with a view to signing up the one-time Socceroo on a season-long deal if the four weeks progress well.

United football operations manager Michael Petrillo said McGrath's pre-season form - which has seen him start against the Melbourne Heart and Melbourne Victory, two clubs McGrath also trialled for before heading west - was promising.

"Brent has impressed in the two pre season games he's played and he has over 40 games of first team experience with one of the best clubs in Denmark," Petrillo said.

"He's only 22 years of age and can play as a centre forward or out wide so we think there is a lot of upside to him."

Adelaide coach Josep Gombau said McGrath needs to build fitness quickly, if he is to stay on at Hindmarsh Stadium for the entire 2013-14 campaign.

"He hasn't had a pre season, he has been training alone and we want to see him fully fit," Gombau said.

"He did very well for us in Melbourne [in trials] and once he is fit then we can talk again.

"We want to see him at 100 per cent capacity and if he agrees, and we agree, then we can offer him a one-year contract.''

McGrath holds the record as the youngest player to represent Australia's Under-17 representative side, the Joeys, at age 14.

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