Perth Glory have described new signing Ruben Zadkovich as a "rarity" among professional footballers.
As reported by FourFourTwo on Wednesday, the Newcastle Jets skipper has signed a two-year deal with the Perth A-League outfit.
The deal means the combative midfielder will stay at the Glory until the end of the 2015/16 season after negotiating an early release from the Jets.
Glory CEO Jason Brewer said: “We’re delighted to be able to bring a player of Ruben’s calibre to the club so soon before the next season.
“We have been admirers of Ruben’s determination and commitment over the years, along with his professionalism, he’s one of only a handful of players in any professional league to have played a part in all but one game over the past two seasons - a rarity amongst professionals these days."
Zadkovich’s previous clubs include English sides Notts County and Derby County, along with a two-year stint at Sydney FC where he appeared 41 times for the club.
The 28-year-old joined the Jets in 2010 and was given the armband in 2013, taking over from Jobe Wheelhouse. In the same year he was named Newcastle Player of the Year.
Since signing with the Jets he has played 97 games, captaining the side in 38.
“It’s a huge decision for me to leave the Jets and join Perth Glory,” Zadkovich said on Thursday.
“With the recent signings the club has made and the ambitions that Kenny Lowe has discussed with me, I’m extremely happy to be making this move.
"It’s an exciting time for football in Perth and I'm glad to be part of it."
Zadkovich joins Diego Ferreira, Dino Djulbic and Youssouf Hersi as coach Kenny Lowe's first new signings for the club during the off season.