Brisbane Roar have boosted their defensive options with the signing of experienced Belgian centre-back Pieter Collen until the end of the Australian A-League season, the club announced on Monday.
Collen, who played twice for Belgium, fills the void in the heart of the Brisbane defence created by the loss of Australian international Craig Moore, who signed for Greek Super League club AO Kavala last week. Collen, 29, has spent 12 years in the top leagues of Belgium and the Netherlands with NEC Nijmegen, Feyenoord Rotterdam, NAC Breda and Beveren.
"I have played UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup and have two caps, one friendly and one European qualification match, Collen said in a club statement. "So I hope to bring some experience and good organisation in the back."
Brisbane coach Ange Postecoglou said Collen had signed a contract to the end of the season and should both parties be happy his contract may be extended.