Thursday, 2 September 2010


Formerly a Croatian international, Marin Skender has found gaining a new club difficult since leaving NK Osijek last summer. The 30 year old had a breif spell with NK Zagreb, however he was released at the end of last season after losing his spot in the team.


Left Back Ronald Siklic was released by Slavia Prague two months ago and is now a free agent. Siklic has a wealth of experience playing in Ukraine, Czech Republic and Poland. However his most successful spell has been at Slaven Belupo which earned his move to Slavia Prague. A HNL1 club may be interested to therefore look at the player. It would also not be a surprise for Siklic to joy his brother Bruno in the Far East.


25 year old former Croatia Under 21 international Mario Grgurovic has found himself in obscurity only six months after being in decent form for Inter Zapresic. Circumstances however led him to leave the club and he has not suceded in finding a better engagement. Grgurovic should focus his attention on getting out on the field and playing again with Zadar, Dragovoljac, Sibenik, Cibalia and Istra all suitable fits for him.
UPDATE: Grgurovic returns back to Inter Zapresic.


Centre back Dario Bodrusic is another player like Grgurovic who was enjoying a decent season in the last 12 months only to find himself with an employer. Bodrusic, played 20 times for Istra Pula last season and has also enjoy spells at Rijeka, Slaven Belupo and Dinamo Tirana. It would seem only a matter of time before Bodrusic finds a new club with any number of sides fit to have him in their backline
UPDATE: Bodrusic signs with Croatian second division side Rudes.

33 year old Mario Juric has been linked regularly with Sibenik at the start of the season. However after a flurry of arrivals Juric's name eventually did not appear on the roster, so he remains a free agent. After a fairly successful spell at Slaven Belupo, it isn't known whether Juric is still keen for top flight football or would consider dropping down to HNL2 to help a team gain promotion. Juric has plenty of Europa Liga experience and has also player in the Russian Premier League.


Marijan Vuka is one of few Croatia free agents left who can boast fairly decent goalscoring records. Vuka is currently training with his first club Osijek, for whom he scored 13 goals prior to a move to Marsonia. Most recently Vuka has been playing with Medimurje and was one of their better player prior to the clubs relegation scoring 26 goals in 46 matches. He has also scored goals in Russia with Kuban Krasnador. Although Osijek allowed Vuka and Karlo Primorac to train at the Gradski Vrt they are currently given a chance to their young strikeforce, so do not wish to recruit them. Vuka may turn out a positive venture however for a HNL2 club seeking promotion or for Hrvatski Dragovoljac, who require experienced forwards.
UPDATE: Vuka returns to Medmiurje after failing to secure a HNL1 transfer.