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Beister checks in with A-League's Victory

AAP logoAAP 27/10/2016 Ben McKay

Melbourne Victory recruit Max Beister has revealed close ties with Socceroo and club graduate Robbie Kruse had helped him land a move halfway across the world.

Kruse, 28, and Beister, 26, share a friendship after playing together at Bundesliga club Dusseldorf, where the Australian landed in 2011 after his impressive stint with Victory.

It was only natural then the German would turn to his Aussie mate when mulling a move to the A-League.

"I asked him about Melbourne and about Australia and he just talked positive so it was not a hard decision," Beister said on Thursday.

"(He said) the club is very professional and this was one of my points why I decided to move."

But Beister and Kruse's bond runs deeper than being teammates.

Within a week in January 2014, just four hours driving distance apart, both suffered ACL injuries that shook their careers.

For the Australian, it ended his hopes of playing that year in the World Cup in Brazil.

Beister's progress through the ranks of German football was similarly halted.

The Gottingen-born attacker had played in the under-21 national side the previous year, when he counted Toni Kroos and others as teammates.

Beister has been unable to reach his best, leading to his decision to move to Melbourne for a career re-boot.

"We can talk a lot about my past but I want to focus on the future," he said.

"One injury and everything happened not how I wanted.

"I will show everyone in Australia I can be a good player."

The left-footer believes his best position is as a right-winger or No.10, boosting the attacking options available to coach Kevin Muscat.

Perhaps surprisingly, he said he was familiar with the A-League before considering it as a career option, in part because of Thomas Broich's decision to move.

And he admits shocking a few with his career choice.

"A lot of friends in Germany were a little bit surprised," he said.

"(Australia) is not that football famous but this was not important to me. I see a league growing up. I see the potential.

"This league is getting better and better every year and, for me, it's a challenge - it's not an adventure."

And now that he's arrived?

"My first impressions are very positive. It's a good team with funny guys," he said.

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