Macarthur FC Head Coach, Ante Milicic has bolstered his inaugural playing roster with the acquisition of experienced Socceroo defender Ivan Franjic.
Franjic, an experienced campaigner, joins Macarthur FC after previous A-League stints with Brisbane Roar, Melbourne City, and most recently Perth Glory, who went down in the semi-final to eventual champions Sydney FC.
Welcoming Franjic to the club, will be some familiar faces including former Socceroo teammates from the 2014 World Cup and 2015 Asian Cup, Mark Milligan, and Tommy Oar.
Amassing 241 top league matches and 20 caps for the Socceroos, the 32-year old is no stranger to Milicic, having worked with him in the national team setup during both the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Australia.
Macarthur FC Head Coach, Ante Milicic said Franjic’s experience will be invaluable to the A-League newcomers.
“Working with Ivan during my time with the Socceroos I know he is they type of player we want at our club.
“He brings a lot of experience to our roster, someone the younger players in our squad can look up to for guidance.” Milicic said.
“Seeing him link back up with Millsy (Mark Milligan) and Tommy (Oar) gives me great delight.” Milicic added.
Franjic said he was excited for the new challenge with The Bulls.
“Speaking with Ante about the opportunity to create and be part of a club from the very beginning at Macarthur FC was something I was very excited about.
“It is an honour for me to be part of the inaugural squad. To be able to create something special for the region and for Bulls fans will require a lot of hard work however I believe it will be all worthwhile.” Franjic said.
“Having worked with Ante and played with Tommy and Mark in the Socceroos is a bonus for me. I’m looking forward to hitting the pitch and beginning pre-season with the lads.” Franjic added.