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Adelaide confirm Regan as Elsey's replacement

Having mulled over joining the double-winners for a few weeks, the former Newcastle Jets captain has moved to South Australia

Taylor Regan has accepted a one-year deal with A-League champions Adelaide United as cover for injured centre-back Jordan Elsey.

As first reported by Goal Australia last month, Adelaide identified former Jets captain Regan as ideal cover for Elsey, who will miss the 2016-17 campaign with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Adelaide confirmed the signing - subject to a successful medical - on Wednesday, with Regan returning to the A-League after one year with Negeri Sembilan in Malaysia's second division.

Regan is the second injury replacement signing Adelaide have made this season, with Danny Choi having joined last term's double winners due to Marcelo Carrusca's foot injury.

"This is a massive opportunity for me and for my family to come to Adelaide," Regan told the club's website.

"It's a lovely city with lovely people. The boys are nice and I've felt welcomed from the start with the guys, which is always good. 

"I knew a few of the boys from my time with the Newcastle Jets, but also with my previous club in Malaysia, where I played with Henrique for a little while."

Regan captained Negeri Sembilan, who are coached by former NSL midfielder Gary Phillips, in 2016 and played alongside Andrew Nabbout, Joel Chianese, Henrique and former Wellington Phoenix midfielder Alex Smith.

Smith remains at the Malaysian Premier League club but Nabbout (Newcastle Jets), Chianese (Perth Glory) and Henrique (Adelaide) have all returned to the A-League.

Adelaide coach Guillermo Amor reckons Regan, who played 68 A-League matches in five seasons with his hometown Jets, will add vital experience to the Reds' defence.

The 27-year-old is set to challenge Dylan McGowan and Iacopo La Rocca for a spot in the centre of defence.

"With Jordan's injury, it is not likely he will be playing this season, so we needed to replace him with someone who knows this league," Amor said.

"Taylor is someone who can play our style of football. This will help us a lot this season; also in the Asian Champions League."