The Newcastle Jets have signed Serbian attacking midfielder Enver Alivodic until the end of the A-League season.
Alivodic, 30, has spent most of his career in the Serbian Superliga – and he could face the Central Coast Mariners in the F3 derby on Saturday.
The Jets said officials had worked hard through the night to have Alivodic's clearance ready and the player available for the derby.
Jets coach Phil Stubbins said Alivodic was likely to play a part against the Mariners.
“Enver has been with us a week now and he’s looking sharper every day,” Stubbins said in a statement.
“He’s got the jet-lag out of his body now and given we’re minus Andrew Hoole for tomorrow’s match, there’s every chance we’ll call on him in some capacity to participate in the game.
“He’s got great ability in wide attacking areas with assists and goals in his locker, so he’s someone that we’re delighted to now have over the line.”
“I have to give a big pat on the back to Nick Deluca (Jets Football Operations Manager) for his diligent efforts to expedite Enver’s ITC from Serbia."
Alivodic was at Vojvodina before his move to the Jets, with his last outing a friendly in January.
He said a derby clash would be the perfect way to make his debut.
"I am glad to have finally received my clearance," Alivodic said.
"I have played in many derby matches in Serbia for my old clubs, including against Partizan Belgrade and Red Star Belgrade, so I would be very happy to make my debut in an Australian derby.
“I have been here a week now and I feel sharp."comments