The 11-time Uzbek champions announced the deal on Thursday, after the 29-year-old flew out for Tashkent late last week.

England-born Griffiths spent one season back at Perth, where he was raised, having had his first European experience with Dutch club Roda JC in 2015-16.

Griffiths' agent Buddy Farah told FourFourTwo: "I have no doubt Rostyn's character, professionalism and ability will pave the way for more Aussies to embark on future opportunities in a country that is not as well known to many Aussies as are some of the other Asian leagues.

"It's a very professional club well organised and managed by a reputable coach."

Sydney FC winger David Carney is the only Australian to previously play in Uzbekistan, spending six months with powerhouse Bunyodkor.

Pakhtakor finished fifth in the Uzbek League last term and are currently sitting fifth, however they were champions in 2014 and 2015.

The club is managed by former Ajax and Rangers striker Shota Arveladze.

"Griffiths is a very experienced player, his transfer was the last for us to the second half of the season." Arveladze said.

"We filled the place for an Asian player. We will try to show attacking football, but in modern football, we must not forget about the defence as well. The team must have a balance, only then you can achieve the goal.

"In the club, we all work to become a superclub, starting from the president to every employee. We are moving in the right direction."

Pakhtakor general manager Dmitry Adisman said: "We want to be at the top of the table. That's why we are strengthening our squad.

"Rostyn has played with well-known clubs in England, the Netherlands and Australia. He is also expected to help are young players through his experience.

"We believe that Rostyn will benefit our team."

Photo credit: Pakhtakor Tashkent