Mark Rudan’s inaugural Western United squad has continued to take shape, with DailyFootballShow.com learning that the A-League expansion side has secured the services of Ivan Vujica on a long-term deal.
Vujica, 22, mutually terminated his contract with Newcastle Jets on Friday to pursue greater game time elsewhere, with United heavily rumoured as a possible destination.
Capped at a U23 level for Australia, Vujica was born in Sydney and spent time with local side Sydney United before jetting off to ancestral homeland Croatia in 2011.
Signing initially with NK Sesvete, he then moved to the youth setup of NK Lokomotiva Zagreb for two years before eventually switching to the academy of Dinamo Zagreb in 2013. During this period, he was capped once for the Croatian U19 side.
Signing with Newcastle in 2016, the defender made his debut for the club at the beginning of the 2016-17 season and went on to make 48 appearances and represent the Olyroos three times.
With his defensive ranks relatively well-stocked, Rudan will now likely look to fill out his remaining roster spots – likely to all be foreigners – with attackers in the coming weeks.
Set to enter the A-League in 2019-20, Western United also recently announced Andrew Durante as an inaugural player alongside the likes of Josh Risdon, Filip Kurto, Scott McDonald, Ersan Gülüm and Panagiotis Kone. The side unveiled it’s first home and away strip last week.