Tuesday, 29 December 2009


Hajduk Split have continued their reassessment of the squad by once again listing midfielder Dario Jertec and right back Marijan Buljat. Hajduk's fixation on offloading the former Dinamo Zagreb duo has baffled many as the administration struggled to supply a reason for the move. Although Jertec has found himself frozen out and needs to move on, Buljat is the only recognised right back at the club and was a key part of last seasons side which challenged Dinamo for top spot. Hajduk are still awaiting big money bids for Senijad Ibricic before agreeing to terminate any of their players contracts, with Ivan Rodic also at the exit door.

Zvonimir Deranja looks to be up for grabs this winter after being made available on a free transfer thanks to Excelsior Mouscron withdrawal from the Belgian Juperliga due to financial problems. Arguably the move puts 30 year old Deranja out his misery after making just seven appearences all season. His previous season was even worse playing in only 4 matches and just 5 in the 2007/08 season. As Deranja had just got fit it is likely he will continue his career elsewhere and it would be hugely surprising if the former Hajduk Split star fails to return home to Croatia after such a lean time abroad.

Varteks hopes of mounting a bid to stay in HNL1 when the season resumes in February recieved a setback this week after coach Drazen Besek and legendary midfielder Miljenko Mumlek left the club to join Miroslav Blazevic at Shanghai Shenhua. Varteks have already lost striker Goran Mujanovic on a free transfer and it would appear that any financial salvation rests on the sale of Matija Smrekar and Igor Prahic.