Behich joins Aussie Scottish invasion

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Socceroos defender Aziz Behich has joined the growing number of Australians playing in the Scottish Premiership, joining Dundee United on a two-year deal.

Behich, a regular for Australia under Graham Arnold, joins the Tangerines having left Giresunspor at the end of his contract with the Turkish club.

The 31-year-old will join Mark Birighitti at Tannadice Park, with the former Central Coast goalkeeper making the switch to Dundee United last week.

With Aaron Mooy joining Ange Postecoglou's Celtic, where Harry Kewell is now part of the coaching staff, the upcoming season in Scotland will have a distinctly Australian feel.

Hearts have an Australian trio in Nathaniel Atkinson, Cam Devlin and Kye Rowles, Lewis Miller has joined Hibernian, Dylan McGowan is playing at Kilmarnock, Phillip Cancar is at Livingston while Keanu Baccus and Ryan Strain are at St Mirren.

Behich has played nine of the past 10 seasons in Turkey at Basaksehir, Bursasor and Kayserispor and made 34 appearances for Giresunspor last campaign.

"From the first discussion that we had it was somewhere that I could see myself playing my football," Behich told Dundee United TV.

"I've always been interested in coming to this part of the world. I've been in Turkey for nine years and spent a year in Holland as well so I'm always up for a new challenge in my football career.

"We've got a lot of boys from Australia in Scotland now, they always speak about the football and I think the style of football in this country will suit me really well."

Having played all three games during Australia's 2018 World Cup campaign, Behich will be hoping to make a strong start to life at his new club to secure his spot in Arnold's squad for November's tournament in Qatar.

"Aziz has got real quality. It's a real coup for us to get a player of his calibre and experience to the club and it is testament to the recruitment team for getting him here," Dundee United head coach Jack Ross said.

"He has shown a real desire to come here, he has huge hunger for the game and the fans will enjoy watching him."

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