Signing news: Mariners add Serbian midfielder Đurić

Central Coast Mariners have signed experienced Serbian midfielder Milan Đurić on a one-year contract.

Đurić, 31, joins from homeland club FK Vojvodina, whom he captained last year, and has also plied his trade in Macedonia, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Azerbaijan.

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A former Player of the Year winner in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Belgrade-born playmaker has also won cup competitions in Macedonia and Serbia. 

“Milan has years of experience playing in the Serbian top league and throughout Europe,” Mariners boss Alen Stajcic said.

“He is a natural leader and captained Vojvodina last season, one of the bigger clubs of Serbian football.

“This signing is another example of bringing a strong core of experience and leadership to the club and Milan is a role model that our younger players will learn from."

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“I am very excited to have joined the Mariners,” Đurić said. “I have met all of the players who have been very welcoming and trained with the team today.

“The opportunity to play in Australia is something that I am really looking forward to. The hard work starts now and I cannot wait to play my first game here with the Mariners.

“My goal is to earn the respect of the coach, players, club and of course, the fans – there’s only one way to do this which is on the football pitch."

Feature image thanks to MN Press.