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By ESPN Staff

Melbourne star Leijer seals Fulham switch

Melbourne Victory have announced defender Adrian Leijer has joined Fulham.

The 21-year-old A-League young player of the year has agreed a three-year deal with the London club, who have been busy in the transfer market this summer under new manager Lawrie Sanchez.

'It's just a fantastic opportunity for me to join a club in the English Premier League,' Leijer said.

'Now that I've got this opportunity, all I can do is continue to work as hard as I can to make sure I make the most of it.'

Leijer was quick to praise his former club as he becomes the latest in a long line of Socceroos to make the switch to England.

He said: 'I've really enjoyed playing in the A-League. My time with Melbourne Victory has helped me develop as a player and has now provided me with this outstanding opportunity.

'I'd like to thank (Victory coach) Ernie Merrick and everyone associated with Melbourne Victory. The club has been good to me, not only over the last two years, but also the last couple of weeks with the way they helped make this deal happen.'

The young central defender had an unsuccessful trial with Everton as a youngster but, despite that disappointment, Victory CEO Geoff Miles always knew he would succeed.

'Adrian has been a terrific player for Melbourne Victory, and has also represented Australia with distinction at international level,' Miles said.

'He's a true ambassador both on and off the pitch and this move is a great acknowledgement for his hard work and talent as a footballer.

'We wish him every success with this move to Fulham.'