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Rovers secure Grella signing

27 Aug 2008 - 09:35:34

Blackburn Rovers have completed the signing of Australia international midfielder Vince Grella on a four-year contract from Italian club Torino.

The 28-year-old will cost Rovers around £3.5million, having also been a target for Fulham earlier this summer.

Rovers chairman John Williams told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph: "(Manager) Paul Ince made a holding midfielder a priority almost from day one and we're delighted to have finally signed Vince."

Grella has been playing in Italy for a decade, having started out with Empoli, before enjoying spells with Ternana, Parma and Torino.

He has also played for his country at the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany and has won nearly 40 caps for the Socceroos to date.

Grella had previously spoken of his desire to try his luck in England, saying: "I think English football at the moment has taken over, it's improved so much.

"It's full of world champions and it's something that, having been ten years in Italy, interests me."

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