Brisbane Roar sign former Premier League striker Charlie Austin

Brisbane Roar are delighted to announce the signing of former Premier League striker Charlie Austin on a multi-year deal.

Austin joins the club from Queens Park Rangers where he made 59 appearances across two seasons in what was his second stint with the London side.

The 32-year-old made his Premier League breakthrough with the Rs earlier in his career, scoring 18 times in an eye-catching 2014/15 campaign.

He notched a further 16 top-flight goals and two in Europe while at Southampton but has now been convinced to make his first move abroad with Brisbane.

“I’m delighted to be joining Brisbane Roar,” said Austin, who is due to arrive in Australia later this week.

“To play abroad is something I’ve always wanted to do and when the opportunity came up to join this club I was looking to explore it.

“I met the gaffer Warren in London and he sold me the project of the football club and it was one I was excited about!

“I want to help the club get back into the top six and on a personal note score as many goals as possible.”

Austin, who earned an England national team call-up in 2015, began his professional career with Swindon Town and has also played for Burnley and West Bromwich Albion.

Head Coach Warren Moon said he was pleased to overcome some strong competition for the Englishman’s signature.

“We’re delighted to secure a player with such a proven goalscoring record,” Moon said.

“Charlie has scored goals wherever he’s been. From my discussion with him, he comes to us with great ambition to try to hit the 200 mark for his career.

“That says to me that we have a player who is coming here to be successful for Brisbane Roar and who has the hunger to continue doing what he loves best and that’s scoring goals.

“A big thing for him was coming to a place where he knew his family would be happy and what better place to come than Brisbane.”

In a nod to the number he first wore in professional football with Swindon, Austin will take on the no.32 shirt in Brisbane.