Western United has announced the signing of goalkeeper Filip Kurto for its inaugural season in the A-League.
Kurto is the top goalkeeper in the league, coming of a season with Wellington Phoenix in which he was named the A-League’s goalkeeper of the year at last night’s Dolan Warren Awards.
Kurto has signed a two-year deal with United.
“I am really excited to be joining Western United in their first ever team,” Kurto said.
“This is a very big honour for me after the great season I had in Wellington to move to Victoria.
“Thank you to the coaches for observing me and believing in me to take such a big responsibility with this new team.”
Kurto has played in the top leagues in his native Poland and the Netherlands.
He is a former underage youth international for Poland.
United assistant coach John Anastasiadis is looking forward to working with the shot stopper.
“Filip has been simply outstanding in his first ever A-League season,” he said.
“We are very lucky he was only on a one-year deal with his former club because it can be very difficult to secure a goalkeeper of his quality.
“Filip, alongside our young star, James Delianov, will give us tremendous security in the goalkeeping department.
“We also think our fans will like having Filip around.
“He’s become quite the A-League fan favourite with his quirky on-field actions.”