Pune FC completed its foreign-player quota with the acquisition of Australian attacker James Meyer for the upcoming 2013-14 season. Meyers inclusion makes him the second player from Australia at the club over the years,apart from bringing along the experience of being a part of a two-time A-League champion side Brisbane Roar. Last season,Pune FC signed striker Boima Karpeh,a naturalised Australian,on loan.
Twenty-seven-year-old Meyer,who signed under the Asian-quota,forms the overseas quartet along with Douhou Pierre,Raul Fabiani and Calum Angus.
Pune FC head of operations,Chirag Tanna said,We are delighted to have signed James. He is a versatile player,who has invaluable experience. Not only has he played for the A-League,but also the Asian Champions League.
Meyer said he hoped to be successful at the club,helping the team to as many victories was his priority. It is a new challenge and I am up for it. Personal goals are secondary,but I will like to score as many goals as possible, he said. The I-League is a growing side and quality foreigners are needed. Hopefully,I can bring something to Indian football and encourage the local children.
Sydney-born Meyer,who is comfortable playing on either wing or in attack,began his career at Brisbane City FC as a youngster in the 2005-06 season. The following season he made the journey to Europe and had stints with Irish side Bohemian FC (2006-07) and German top-flight side Hertha Berlin (2007-08).
After spending two seasons in Europe,he returned to his native land,Australia,and signed up for Queensland State League side Brisbane Olympic FC (2008).
At the beginning of 2010,Meyer joined Eastern Suburbs FC plying trade in the Brisbane Premier League. It was here
that he was spotted by Brisbane Roar manager Ange Postecoglou,who offered him a trial with the club.
Meyer,known for his pace and versatility to adapt to various positions,officially joined Brisbane Roar ahead of their A-League campaign in June 2010.
In his three-year stint at Brisbane Roars,Meyer won the A-League title in his first season,while also helping his team to a runners-up position in the following season. Also,known for his ability to score goals from distance,he notched up six league goals in 21 appearances.
Meyer also brings along continental experience,having featured for Brisbane Roar in the AFC Champions League in 2012 & 2013.