Jets capture Serbian shooting star

Newcastle Jets have bolstered their attack with the signing of Serbian forward Milos Trifunovic for the upcoming A-League season.

The 30-year-old arrived in the Hunter on Wednesday and completed a medical before finalising the deal and will link up with his teammates at training today.

Trifunovic, who joins the Jets from Serbian SuperLiga outfit FK Radnicki Nis, boasts a strong goal scoring record roughly averaging a goal every three games in the past five years.

The Jets have been closing in on the towering forward for some time and head coach Scott Miller said he was delighted to finally secure Trifunovic’s signature. 

“We believe Milos will prove to be a valuable addition to our squad and someone who will provide a presence for us in our attacking third,” Miller said.

“Milos is a clinical finisher with a strong record in leagues in Europe and Asia, and will help deliver the attacking platform to support the team structure.”

“We are confident Milos’ character and mentality will have a positive impact on the team, and are delighted that he is able to start training with the squad today.”

The signing completes the Jets roster for the 2015/16 season, and follows news the FFA is within weeks of completing the sale of the club to an international group, believed to be headed by Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson.

The Jets are Trifunovic's sixth club in five years. Most recently he played with Serbia’s Red Star Belgrade (2010-11), Uzbekistan’s FC Bunyodkor on loan (2011-12), China’s Lioning Whowin (2012-13), Kazakhstan’s FC Atryau (2014-15), and the men from Cair Stadium in Serbia’s third largest city, Nis.

Speaking via an interpreter, Trifunovic revealed that he had spoken with several of his compatriots already contracted to A-League club’s, including new Jets teammate Enver Alivodic, prior to committing to his move to Australia.

“I spoke with Enver Alivodic, as well as Milos Dimitijevic and Milos Ninkovic from Sydney FC,” Trifunovic said. “They told me about the league, the players, the stadiums, everything.”

“What they told me made me look forward to coming to the A-League.

“This is a very good challenge for me, and I am really motivated to prove myself to the Australian public.”

Trifunovic said he felt he could add depth and versatility to Miller’s squad having played not only in the central striker position in the past, but in wide areas as well. 

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