Soccer: Rojas signs with German side

All White Marco Rojas after signing with German club VfB Stuttgart. Photo /Twitpic - VfB
All White Marco Rojas after signing with German club VfB Stuttgart. Photo /Twitpic - VfB

German Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart has confirmed All Whites winger Marco Rojas as its latest signing.

Rojas has agreed terms on a four year deal.

The A-League's Johnny Warren medallist had his medical and signed from Melbourne Victory on a free transfer, with the A-League club to receive $200,000 in compensation under FIFA laws.

In a club press release headlined 'Stuttgart sign 'Kiwi Messi'' the team's head of sports Fredi Bobic said Rojas is well used to attacking wide positions and provides speed.

"It's not just the fact that Marco was voted Australia's Player of the Year that attracted us," said Bobic.

"He's one of those nippy players who can be used on the flanks. It'll be interesting to see how quickly he adapts to the speed of the German game."

Stuttgart, who won the 2007 Bundesliga title, are currently mid-table in the league with two matches remaining.

Rojas said in a statement he is delighted with the move and looks forward to the challenge of stepping up to European football.

"Dad and I spoke to the responsible parties at VFB and they gave us the impression that they really wanted me here. It's great for a player when a club shows just how much they want you. It'll certainly be a big challenge."

Rojas played for Waikato FC in the New Zealand Football Championship before signing with the Wellington Phoenix in 2009. In 2011 Rojas, joined the Melbourne Victory on a two-year contract and finished the 2012/13 season as the top player in the A-League.

Rojas will join former A-League players Mitch Langerak, Robbie Kruse and Nikita Rukavytsya in Germany's top flight.

- Newstalk ZB/nzherald.co.nz

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