Newcastle Jets have re-signed Serbian attacking midfielder Enver Alivodic for the 2015/16 season.
Alivodic linked with the Jets in February this year and, after making his debut in the F3 derby later that month, featured in all the club’s games.
The announcement follows a widespread clear-out of the playing roster, with this season’s wooden spooners vowing to rebuild ahead of their next campaign.
Coach Phil Stubbins said the 30-year-old, who joined from Vojvodina in the Serbian SuperLiga, added a cutting edge to the Jets’ play in the tail end of the season.
Stubbins said he was pleased to have retained the services of the diminutive, yet powerful player, and felt that like South Korean recruit Lee Ki-je, Alivodic had plenty more to offer.
“We’re ecstatic to have reached an agreement with Enver, who I believe most people who follow the Hyundai A-League would say has made an impressive impact on the competition,” Stubbins said.
“When Enver arrived at the club, he hadn’t played a lot of football and was somewhat underdone in terms of his conditioning.
“But he adapted quickly and after a few weeks of match play really began to demonstrate what he can offer the club and team.
“Aside from his football ability, everyone at the Jets has been impressed with Enver’s attitude and approach, and he certainly displayed a clear desire to remain in Newcastle which is a great testament to the city and club.”
Alivodic added: “I think we will show more next season. We were not happy to be last this season. In the final five games we showed that we can be better.”
And the midfielder is expecting to make a bigger impact on the park with a solid preseason behind him.
Crucially, for the player, his partner was happy to prolong their stay in the Hunter.
“Like me, it is the first time in Australia for my wife,” he said. “She is happy to stay which is the most important thing.”comments