Bruce Djite hints at future A-League homecoming

Bruce Djite hints at future A-League homecoming


Former Adelaide United favourite Bruce Djite says he is open to returning to the A-League, but will do so when the time is right.

The 30-year-old currently plies his trade in South Korea’s K-League Challenge with Suwon FC, also the home of ex-Melbourne Victory defender Adrian Leijer.

Djite has been with the club for more than a year now having moved there from United in July 2016 after the Reds won the A-League premiership/championship double.

Djite’s credentials are well known in Australia having chalked up more than 150 games for both Adelaide and Gold Coast United.

Djite told Monday’s Daily Football Show he is hopeful of spending more time overseas before returning to the A-League; perhaps even to his “home” of Coopers Stadium.

“I think so, I look forward to playing in the A-League again sometime,” he said.

“I’d like to stay abroad for another couple of seasons and look to come back.

“That’s the sort of blueprint that we’re working towards.

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“But you never know in football. I don’t want to pre-empt anything, but I’m looking to see where I end up in January.”

Australian players who have moved to South Korea have seen a low success rate in recent months, including the likes of Dimi Petratos and Ivan Franjic.

They clinched moves to Ulsan Hyundai and Daegu FC respectively but played only six games between them before returning home.

Both players have found new homes in the A-League with Newcastle Jets and Brisbane Roar.

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Djite believes the more difficult training routines in the country prove too tough for some.

“(It’s a ) very, very tough training regime,” he added.

“If you speak to a lot of boys that have gone over there, they’ll tell you the same thing.

“(It’s) much tougher (than the A-League) and that’s why a lot of Australian players who go there, after four or five months, you see them move on.”