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Jul 4, 2012

Victory beat Reds to Flores in A-League

Melbourne Victory have signed former Adelaide United playmaker Marcos Flores to fill the gap left by Harry Kewell after winning an off-field battle with the Reds.

The Argentine, who has committed to the Victory for two years, won the Johnny Warren Medal as the A-League's best player with Adelaide in 2010-11, his only previous season in Australia.

He has since played with Chinese club Henan Jianye, who released him in June.

Adelaide said on Wednesday they had wanted Flores back but, despite making the biggest contract offer in their history in May, had not been able to match the Victory's financial muscle.

"Melbourne Victory, a club with a turnover of $13 million, has more resources than Adelaide United with a turnover of $6 million and, hence, can outbid this club," United said in a statement.

"It has happened to South Australia in other sporting codes and now it has happened here."

Flores will be the Victory's international marquee player, filling the club's last slot for an overseas signing.

Coach Ange Postecoglou said he knew from experience, coaching against Flores during his previous A-League season, what a threat the 26-year-old could be.

"Marcos is the type of player you don't really want to come up against as an opposition coach," Postecoglou said.

"Having him on board with us now will be really exciting, not only for the club but for our fans also."

Postecoglou said it was a sign of Flores' quality that he had such a big impact in his first season in the A-League, given it normally took foreign players time to adapt.

Flores said it was an exciting time to be joining the Victory, with Postecoglou and a group of new players arriving.

"Victory have many great players and I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone better," he said.

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