UPDATE : 2019.10.22 TUE 09:55
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S. Korean football club Jeju United brings back Aussie defender

South Korean football club Jeju United said Tuesday they've reacquired Australian defender Alexsandar Jovanovic.

The K League Classic club said they've signed the 27-year-old center back, better known as Alex here, from Chinese club Tianjin Teda. The details of the footballer's contract weren't revealed.

Alex first landed in South Korea in 2013 after signing with second-tier club Suwon FC. He joined Jeju the following year and played 53 matches with them for two seasons. The 196-centimeter tall footballer then move to Chinese Super League outfit Tianjin last January.

The acquisition of Alex completes the foreign player signings for Jeju. In the K League, teams are allowed to have three foreigners, in addition to one player from an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) member country, which is also known as the Asian quota.

Alex, who holds dual citizenship of Australia and Serbia, will join Brazilians Magno Cruz and Marcelo Aparecido Toscano, and Guinea-Bissauan striker Frederic Mendy.

Jeju are one of the four South Korean clubs who qualified for the 32-team group stage of the AFC Champions League (ACL). They are in Group H and will compete against Jiangsu Suning of China, Gamba Osaka of Japan and Adelaide United of Australia.

Jeju originally earned an ACL playoff spot after finishing third in the K League Classic last year. But after defending champions and fellow South Korean club Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors were disqualified from the continental tournament following their bribe scandal, Jeju took Jeonbuk's spot in Group H. (Yonhap)

Park So-yeon  edt@koeapost.com

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