Jackson Irvine joins FC St. Pauli

Jackson Irvine will ply his trade in Germany next season, after joining historic club FC St. Pauli on a free transfer.

The Socceroos midfielder signs with the 2. Bundesliga outfit following the expiration of his short-term deal with Scottish side Hibernian. 

Irvine appeared 21 times for Hibs since joining in January after a 11-month long break from football following his departure from Hull City in the English Championship. 

The 28-year-old has been in career-best form for the Socceroos, concluding their most recent FIFA World Cup Qualification group as Australia's top goal contributor - scoring three times and registering five assists. 

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FC St. Pauli, based in Northern German city Hamburg, is renowned throughout world football for its fan culture and passionate following. 

Founded in 1910, it has played throughout Germany's top three division with its most recent relegation from the Bundesliga coming in 2012. 

This means Irvine joins an environment that he feels is perfectly set-up for him to prosper. 

 "I'm delighted to be here," Irvine told FC St. Pauli. 

"The club and its values are a perfect fit for me. The way St. Pauli play football suits me, too. I can't wait to meet my teammates now and get started."

St. Pauli coach Timo Schultz and director of sport Andreas Bornemann praised Irvine's quality, versatility and experience on the international stage.

"Jackson Irvine gives us more flexibility in midfield because he can play both an attacking and a defensive role," said Schultz. "He also brings a certain physicality and rugged style of play that will add stability, and his experience will benefit our younger players."

"We're delighted to have persuaded Jackson Irvine to join us," Bornemann added. "He's at his prime age for a footballer and is an absolute mentality player who works extremely hard and comes with international experience. He's at home in a variety of midfield positions, so signing him gives us many more options."

Irvine will come up against a familiar face or two in Germany this season, following the recent news that Socceroos teammate Brandon Borrello has signed with newly-promoted outfit Dynamo Dresden. 

A third Aussie in John Iredale, a member of the Australia U23 Selection who gathered in Marbella last month, will also play in the division after joining SC Paderborn 07 earlier this transfer window. 

Iredale and Borrello could meet in Round 1 of the DFB Pokal, scheduled to take place in early August. 

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