Vrankovic inks V-League deal

BY THOMAS WOODGATE: Former Melbourne Heart and Young Socceroos defender David Vrankovic has signed with Vietnamese champions Becamex Binh Duong.

The 21-year-old defender has signed a contract until the end of the V–League season, in September.

The move comes after a spate of trials overseas. And, despite offers from several clubs throughout Asia, David has chosen to sign with Becamex Binh Duong.

“I’m glad to have my immediate playing future sorted,” Vrankovic said.

“I’ve been trialling with a few clubs, but I’m excited to get going with Becamex Binh Duong.

“It’ll be great to experience football in another country.”

Joining the reigning champions of Vietnam means David will also be eligible to play in the AFC Champions League, where he’ll come against Chinese team Shandong Luneng, South Korean champions Jeonbuk Motors and an as yet unnamed third team.

Interestingly, Vrankovic will come against fellow Australian Alex Wilkinson who plays for Jeonbuk.

“Playing in the Champions League will be a great experience and I can’t wait to help the team go far,” Vrankovic said.

As for the question of a return to the Hyundai A-League, where he played for Melbourne Heart from 2012 until last year, Vrankovic is keeping his options open.

“Of course, I’d love to return to the A-League one day,” he said.

“But, right now, I wanted to experience another culture and learn more about my game.

“And being here and playing for Becamex Binh Duong will help me do that. I can’t wait to get going.”