Brisbane Roar have announced a major coup with the signing of former player and three-time Hyundai A-League championship winner Ivan Franjic.
The Australian international was an integral member of Brisbane’s squad between 2009 and 2014, winning a hattrick of Grand Finals and two premierships.
The 30-year-old made 115 appearances for the club during his first stint in Queensland and has represented the Caltex Socceroos on occasions, including at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2015 AFC Asian Cup.
“I have a lot of special memories in Brisbane and to come back and have these fans support me again is special,” Franjic said.
“Brisbane is where I started and I think it’s a good time to come back after playing abroad. I still believe I have a lot to learn in football, and with the experience in this squad and the coaching staff, I believe I can do that.
“I’ve been watching the games, and the boys have shown great character. That’s always a special trait the team has had – we never give up.”
Brisbane boss John Aloisi says the versatile fullback, known for both his defensive capabilities as well as a keen eye for goal, is a tremendous addition to his squad.
“We are thrilled to welcome Ivan back to Brisbane Roar Football Club,” Aloisi said.
“In the past he played a key role in bringing success to our Club and we believe he will be fantastic for our talented squad.
“We are signing an experienced versatile footballer, who has played at the highest level for both club and country and will help lead the group.”
Franjic, who has also had spells with Torpedo Moscow and Melbourne City, returns to Australia following a brief stint in Korea.