The former Liverpool and Leeds United star has agreed to a transfer to the Qatari club on a temporary basis, ending his search for a new team
|By FRANK TIGANI
Harry Kewell's long search for a new club is over, with the veteran forward signing for Al Gharafa for the remainder of the season.
The Qatar Stars League club turned their sights on the 34-year-old after countryman and long-time Australia international team-mate Mark Bresciano was ruled out for the next six to eight weeks through injury.
Kewell has already joined his new team-mates in a training session and is preparing for Al Gharafa's league match with Al Sadd on Saturday.
A key part of the Socceroos for more than a decade, Kewell had been without a club since leaving Melbourne Victory at the end of the 2011-12 A-League season for family reasons. Many expected him to return to the A-League, with Perth Glory linked with a move in November.
He had maintained his desire to return to the pitch during a visit to Australia in February, revealing he still held the dream of being part of the Socceroos squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Kewell, who has played for the Socceroos on 56 occasions, is widely regarded as Australia's best-ever footballer, and has enjoyed spells with Liverpool, Leeds and Galatasaray in a distinguished career.