Adelaide United capture Steven Lustica

Josep Gombau continues to add to his squad ahead of the 2013-14 A-League campaign, with the Reds snapping up the ex-Gold Coast United man following the end of his stay in Europe

Adelaide United have confirmed the signing of Steven Lustica following the midfielder's release from Hajduk Split.

Split confirmed Lustica's departure on their website on Monday, saying he was keen to continue his career in Australia.

The 22-year-old struggled for game time at Split, sent out on loan to Dugopolje and Brisbane Roar after joining in June 2011.

Speaking at Adelaide's fan forum on Monday night, Reds football manager Michael Petrillo said the club would be announcing the signing of a European-based Australian in the next 24 hours.

And he was true to his word, with the club announcing their latest capture on Tuesday morning.

"Steven is the type of player that fits with the football philosophy of the coach," general manager of football operations Michael Petrillo said.

"Josep has had a good look at several players and has opted for Steven because he is technically very good, believes he can adapt quickly to the style of play and has had A-League experience.

"He has also spent several years in Europe at a very good club like Hajduk Split where he played in the UEFA Champions League as well. Steven will add versatility to our midfield and at just 22 years of age we believe he has a bright future ahead of him."

Attacking midfielder Lustica, who played for the now-defunct Gold Coast United between 2009 and 2011, can help Adelaide compensate for the loss of Dario Vidosic, who left for Swiss side FC Sion last month.

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