Blyth AFC have announced the signing of United Arab Emirates international defender Ali Salem Ahmed Faraj Alameri.

Alameri was part of the squad that competed at the 2012 Olympic Games against the likes of Great Britain, Uruguay and Senegal. The centre-back has played at the highest level over in the UAE and also made 16 appearances in the AFC Champions League between 2010 and 2016.

Joint-manager Ian Skinner spoke about how the signing come to fruition:

“His pedigree is second-to-none, if you look at his career and where he’s been,” Skinner said. “He’s a professional, played in the Olympics back in 2012 and was part of the squad at Wembley when the UAE played Great Britain.

“His calibre is there for all to see. It was a bit of a chance signing, he’s a friend of somebody I know. Ali has been good in training and we went through the official channels after he had his contract cancelled with his team in Dubai.

“We applied for international clearance, which took 36 days to get. It’s through now and he’s officially a Blyth AFC player.”

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