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ADE­LAIDE United and Soc­ceroos de­fender Tarek Elrich has es­tab­lished him­self as a firm favourite with Reds fans since his move to Coop­ers Sta­dium from Western Sydney Wan­der­ers in 2013.

And the pop­u­lar at­tack­ing full-back wrote him­self into United his­tory the fol­low­ing year, when his stun­ning solo goal in a 4-1 win over Mel­bourne City was voted goal of the year and cho­sen by many ex­perts as ar­guably the best goal ever scored in the A-League.

Voted United’s player of the year that sea­son, Elrich went on to star in the Reds side that won the A-League Premier’s Plate and com­plete the dou­ble with a stun­ning 3-1 Grand Fi­nal vic­tory over his old club, Western Sydney, in front of more than 50,000 fans at Ade­laide Oval.

Hav­ing cel­e­brated his 30th birth­day on New Year’s Day, Elrich will be a key fig­ure for United when their Asian Cham­pi­ons League cam­paign kicks off against Ja­panese hot­shots Gamba Osaka at Coop­ers Sta­dium on Wed­nes­day night.

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