Thursday, 19 September 2013


NK Zadar are firmly stating their attention to avoid being involved in the relegation scrap this season as they bolstered their squad with the signing of experienced left sided defender Mirko Hrgovic. The 34 year old, who has won titles with Dinamo Zagreb and Hajduk Split played last season with RNK Split. He also spent time in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg and is a former Bosnia Herzegovina international. Zadar currently have a safety buffer between themselves and the bottom three teams.

Zadar have already signed up Mato Neretljak and Josip Tadic from Rijeka and claim to be ready to make one more signing in the coming month. Zadar's decision to strengthen their side follows Stipe Perica's transfer to Chelsea, which has started well as the 18 year old scored his first goal on his debut for NAC Breda for who he is spending the season on loan. The identity of the possible new recruit is unknown however midfielder Goran Rubil, striker Dragan Blatnjak or playmaker Mario Carevic are possible candidates. Carevic, also is interesting RNK Split who appear to need such a player in creative midfield to supply their strong strikeforce.

Newspapers in Croatia report new Dinamo Zagreb coach Branko Ivankovic is dissatisfied with Ante Rukavina, Jerko Leko and Domagoj Antolic and has left them out of recent fixtures. Reports suggest Rukavina and Leko may be on the exit door. Leko however at 33, is in the latter stage of his career and may not be disheartened at his status. He is also Dinamo's only cover at right back should Ivo Pinto pick up an injury. Rukavina meantime is also important in case of injuries as Dinamo currently play a three man forward line and Rukavina has the capacity to play out wide. At present he is unlikely to see any playing time with Duje Cop and Fatos Bequiraj ahead of him. Alen Halilovic also may attract a bid in the January transfer window, in which case Dinamo may move for Karlo Lulic. It is likely Rukavina's unproductive spell at Dinamo may come to a end at the end of the season, unless he can make the most of what opportunities he is afford.