Macarthur FC signs towering defender Aleksandar Jovanovic

Picture: Macarthur FC
Picture: Macarthur FC

There's an imposing new figure at the Macarthur FC Bulls.

The club has just signed 196cm - six-foot-four - defender Aleksandar Jovanovic for the inaugural A-League squad.

The 31-year-old joins the Aussie league after a five-month stint in Bosnia with FK Zeljeznicar Sarajevo.

He has played more than 100 games in the Korean K-League with Jeju United, and has also represented Serbian SuperLiga club Vojvodina, Thai Premier League club BEC Tero Sasana FC, K-League 2 club Suwon City FC and Chinese Super League club Tianjin Teda.

The Sydney-born defender has never played professionally in his home country before, but started his football career with APIA Leichhardt and Parramatta FC. He left the country in 2007.

Jovanovic said he couldn't pass up the opportunity to play on home soil under Macarthur FC coach Ante Milicic.

"After speaking with Ante about Macarthur FC, I knew this was an exciting opportunity to play football back in front of my family," he said.

"I'm looking forward to building something special with Macarthur FC. To be part of a club's inaugural season is something very few players get to experience. I want to be part of history - it feels like a homecoming."

Jovanovic said his time in Korea was great preparation for the rigours of the A-League.

"The K-League is an extremely tough competition and has given me the opportunity to test myself against some of the best players in the world, not only in Korea but also in the AFC Champions League," he said.

"To bring that experience to Macarthur is something I am really looking forward to."

Milicic said Jovanovic's experience around the globe would be invaluable in the new club's first year.

"I've been monitoring Aleksander for many year and have been impressed by his tenacity to carve out his path in football," he said.

"Aleks has that old-school footballing mentality and will add great strength to our backline.

"His height and awareness around the box will be valuable both in defence and attack."

Jovanovic becomes the 12th player to sign with Macarthur FC's inaugural team.

He joins marquee player Mark Milligan, Tommy Oar, Adam Federici, Denis Genreau, Matt Derbyshire, Ivan Franjic, Nick Suman, Milislav Popovic, Aleksandar Susnjar, Jake Hollman and Moudi Najjar (on loan from Melbourne City).

Macarthur FC joins the A-League in the upcoming 2020/21 season.

They will play home games out of Campbelltown Sports Stadium and train at Fairfield Showground.

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