Spanish great returns to Adelaide

Adelaide United legend Isaias has returned to the Reds intent on helping the club secure more silverware.

The Barcelona-born veteran, who left Adelaide in 2019, is again a Red, having signed a three-year deal with South Australia’s A-League club.

The classy midfielder has spent the past two years playing in the Qatar Stars League for Al-Wakrah.

“My family and I are really, really happy to be coming back home to Adelaide,” Isaias said.

“I’m looking forward to arriving in South Australia and training with the boys and settling back into Australian life.

“Returning to Adelaide United was an easy decision after being in Qatar for two years because it is a special club and the most special club I have played at in my whole career.

“I have achieved many things wearing the red shirt in the past and I hope we can achieve many more over the next three seasons together.”

Isaias has returned to Adelaide United. Picture: Will Russell/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

In his previous six-year stint with the Reds, Isaias won the A-League’s premiership-championship double-winning team in 2016 and was awarded the Joe Marston Medal for his man-of-the-match performance in the grand final.

The 34-year-old former Adelaide skipper also helped the Reds win two FFA Cups, was a recipient of the Aurelio Vidmar Club Champion award four times.

Reds coach Carl Veart said Isaias was the best player “Adelaide United’s seen”.

“Isaías is arguably one of the greatest players in the history of the A-League,” Veart said.

“We’re bringing back a player with an enormous amount of pedigree and class who has had a lot of success here at Adelaide both on a personal and collective level.

“The experience and leadership Isaías brings back to our squad is invaluable and we’re thrilled to have him coming back home.”

A naturalised Australian, Isaias joined two other experienced Spanish products – Javi Lopez and Juande, both 35 – in an Adelaide squad that also includes another 35-year-old in Danish defender Michael Jakobsen.

Once they arrive in Australia, Isaias and his family will spend two weeks in hotel quarantine in Brisbane before flying to Adelaide.

“We can say at that moment that we will be back home,” Isaias said.

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