Official: Syria international Sanharib Malki joins Eredivisie club Roda JC

The 27-year-old forward, who played at the 2011 Asian Cup, has sealed a deal with the Dutch club after previously enjoying a decent spell in Belgium with Germinal Beerschot

Syria international striker Senharib Malki has penned a deal to join Dutch club Roda JC on a free transfer.

The 27-year-old, who was part of Syria's side at the 2011 Asian Cup, joins the Eredivisie outfit after training with the club during the off-season after he left Belgian club Lokeren.

"I was very happy when I heard about a month ago that Roda JC are interested in signing me,” Malki said on the Roda JC website.

Malki impressed in a training game against a Weerter Selection side where he scored two goals prompting Roda to move to secure his signature.

"A player wants to play games and I was relieved after playing in the training game," Al Malki said.

"Although the match was against amateurs but it does give a good feeling.”

Malki had spent the final six months of the 2010-11 season on loan with Greek club Panthrakikos but said he'd been impressed by the standard at Roda since his move to the Netherlands.

I have noticed the difference in level of Panthrakikos where I played the last six months,” he said.

"I want to finish higher than last season. I want to get more playing time and score goals.”

Malki previously spent time at Belgian clubs Roeselare and Germinal Beerschot, enjoying a fruitful stint at the latter where he scored 16 goals in one season.

The forward has been named in the Syria squad for their upcoming 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifiers against Tajikistan.

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