SOUTH China last night snapped up Australian striker Marko Perinovic - even though he had already signed for Hong Kong First Division rivals Kitchee. The capture of the 28-year-old Canberra-born Croatian completes South China's five-strong overseas quota for next season. Perinovic, a former Happy Valley player, was with Instant-Dict last season but was released at the end of the campaign. Keen to stay in Hong Kong football, Perinovic returned to the territory from Australia last week and actually signed for Kitchee. The deal has been cancelled, however, to allow him to join the Caroliners. Perinovic said: ''When I came back to Hong Kong last week I was just hoping to get fixed up with a club but never thought it would be South China. ''It is easily the biggest club in Hong Kong but this puts a lot of pressure on you to do well in every game. I have learned from my time here that if you do not perform for South China you are on your bike. ''I do not mind the challenge, though. There will be a lot of good players around me.'' Perinovic, a bustling centre forward who is particularly strong in the air, contacted his new strike partner, Bosnian Croat Anto Grabo, last night. ''I had a good talk with him and he has really wound me up for the new season. As long as the other boys are keen to go I reckon we will have a really good season,'' added Perinovic. ''I had signed for Kitchee but we left on good terms.'' Perinovic will return to Australia today and move back to Hong Kong permanently early next month before being joined by his wife and three children, including recently born twins. Kitchee have lined up New Zealander Robbie Ironside as a replacement. The South China vacancy came up when former Feyenoord striker Ed Roos pulled out of a deal and returned to The Netherlands.