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Australia's Leckie stays in Bundesliga with Hertha switch
May 23, 2017 / 9:57 AM / 6 months ago

Australia's Leckie stays in Bundesliga with Hertha switch

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia forward Mathew Leckie has jumped ship from relegated Ingoldstadt but will remain in the German top flight next season after signing with Hertha Berlin.

Football Soccer - Australia vs United Arab Emirates - 2018 World Cup Qualifying Asian Zone - Group B - Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, Australia - 28/3/17 - Australia's Mathew Leckie celebrates his goal against UAE. REUTERS/Steven Saphore/ Files

Based in Germany for the past six years, the Melbourne-born 26-year-old joins his fourth Bundesliga club after previous stints with Borussia Moenchengladbach and FSV Frankfurt.

“Hertha is a big, fantastic Bundesliga club. They’ve been very successful over the last two seasons,” Leckie, who can play both on the wing or as a central striker, said on the club’s website.

“I also think that Pal Dardai is a great coach who I can learn a lot from.”

Hertha, who did not disclose the length of the deal, finished sixth in the Bundesliga under Hungarian Dardai to guarantee a berth in the third qualifying round of the Europa League.

Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Nick Mulvenney

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