Bandar Seri Begawan - Brunei DPMM FC have confirmed the signings of former Valencia striker, Joao Moreira of Portugal, and former New York Red Bulls midfielder, Stephane Auvray of Guadeloupe.
Over a dozen players have come to the Sultanate since the start of the month in the hope of earning a contract with the Starhub League Cup winners, but as of yet, it is only Moreira and Auvray who have signed on the dotted line.
That means Brunei DPMM FC still have two import slots left- in their squad, with the quota rising to five foreign players in the 2013 Great Eastern YEO's S League season, with giant defender Tales dos Santos, who is rehabilitating from a knee injury in his native Brazil, still on the books at the club.
Moreira played in Portuguese first division with CF Estrela da Armadora in the 2004-05 season, before being scouted by Valencia CF, signing a five-year contract with six-time La Liga champions, Valencia CF.
He was immediately loaned out to Rayo Vallecano and also played one season with the Che's B side, before enjoying stints with CD Nacional and LeixOes SC, and finally dropping down to the second tier in Portuguese football with SC Beira-Mar.
In June 2010, Moreira tried his luck in Spain again, signing a one-year contract with UE Lleida, before joining Linense for the 2011-2012 season, but was eventually released by the Andalusians in January 2012.
Stephane Auvray, meanwhile, spent time with amateur club, GSI Pontivy, before joining Vannes OC and helping the French team gain promotion to Ligue 2 during his five seasons with the club.
In 2009, Auvray joined Nimes Olympique, but left the club six months into his contract. Then, in 2010, the Guadeloupean signed with Major League Soccer club, Kansas City Wizards, before being traded to Thierry Henry's New York Red Bulls.
Despite having a one-year hiatus from football, Auvray proved his worth and impressed the Brunei DPMM FC management and staff and earned himself a contract with the club for the 2013 season alongside Moreira.
--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin