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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 16 November 2018

Transfer talk: Sharjah continue Saudi raid with Adrian Mierzejewski signing

John McAuley reports Sharjah have completed the signing of former Poland international Adrian Mierzewjewski, another capture from Saudi Arabia this summer.
New Sharjah signing Adrian Mierzejewski shown with Al Nassr during an Asian Champions League match last season. Karim Jaafar / AFP / April 5, 2016
New Sharjah signing Adrian Mierzejewski shown with Al Nassr during an Asian Champions League match last season. Karim Jaafar / AFP / April 5, 2016

Sharjah’s renaissance has continued to gather pace with the signing of Adrian Mierzejewski, the former Polish international midfielder.

Mierzejewski, 29, agreed to terms and passed a medical in Dubai on Tuesday and will now join up with the rest of the squad at their training camp in Austria. He was a free agent after leaving Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr earlier this month.

Mierzejewski is Sharjah’s third foreign addition of the summer, with the five-time UAE champions having already recruited Venezuela striker Gelmin Rivas, from Saudi’s Al Ittihad, and Brazilian defender Digao, who joined last week from Al Hilal.

Sharjah, who last season finished 11th in the Arabian Gulf League, have raided the Saudi market this transfer window, with new manager Giorgos Donis appointed last month following 15 months in charge of Hilal.

Sharjah still have another foreign slot available as they seek to improve on the past few seasons fighting against relegation from the UAE top flight. They have identified a number of targets and expect to conclude their business by next week.

In Mierzejewski, they have required a midfielder of considerable pedigree. He excelled during two seasons with Nassr, playing a key role in the Riyadh side’s march to the 2014/15 Saudi Pro League title. Last season, he top-scored for Nassr in the league, netting 13 goals. In 43 league appearances for the club in all, he scored 18 times.

Mierzejewski has also represented Turkey’s Trabzonspor after beginning his career in his homeland. He has 41 caps for Poland. Sharjah begin the 2016/17 Arabian Gulf League season away to Al Shabab on September 16.

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