Adelaide City have finalised their squad for the 2019 NPL SA season with the signing of Haris Vuckic.
Vuckic is an experienced defender who has plied his trade across the board at both State League 1 and NPL level.
He has spent a large portion of his career with Campbelltown City, helping the club on their way to their first ever Championship in 2013. In 2017, Vuckic played a huge role in Western Strikers surge into the State League 1 finals, where the team fell just short of promotion to South Australia’s top tier. In 2018, Vuckic signed with West Torrens Birkalla. However, he was sidelined after a knee injury ruled him out for the season.
The strong centre-back revealed that it was a past affiliation with new City coach Michael Matricciani and Senior Football Director Adriano Pellegrino which pulled him towards the club. During Vuckic’s time at Western Strikers, he played alongside the duo and subsequently being impressed with their technical ability and knowledge of the game. At the conclusion of 2017, he travelled to Thailand with Pellegrino’s Rept FC.
“The history and the prestige of the club is something that really attracted me,” he said.
“Reuniting with Michael though was another key point in my decision; over time I have seen that he had a great football mind and that he would make a great coach and it is an honour to play under him now.”
He is primed for a huge 2019 season, with the recruit setting himself huge goals for the year ahead. It has been a long road to recovery for the 26-year-old and he insists that he has put the minor speed bumps along the way behind him. Although he has set himself goals at a personal level, he revealed that there is an underlying target that he wants to achieve this season.
“I have played the last three pre-season games at 100% and I have worked very hard to get back,” said Vuckic, a year on from his knee reconstruction.
“I am ready for a big year and I would love nothing more than to help the boys win the Championship.”
By Michael Barbaro