Wellington Phoenix sign Serbian striker

Andrija Kaluderovic, left, with Wellington Phoneix general manager David Dome Source: Wellington Phoenix

Wellington Phoenix have announced the signing of former Serbian international striker Andrija Kaludjerovic for the upcoming A-League season.

New Phoenix coach Darije Kalezic unveiled the former Serbian international at a news conference on Tuesday morning.

Kaludjerovic, 30, formerly played with Red Star Belgrade, FC Thun and Brisbane Roar.

He scored 13 goals in the 2011 season with Red Star and made three appearances for his national team in 2010 and 2011.

"Andrija is a striker with a great mentality. He is a team player. A typical striker who is always looking to make goals, but also, a player who is able to play with his back to the goal of the opponent, keep the ball and play attractive combination football," Kalezic said. 

"He has great experience from playing football in a variety of different competitions. He also has a good sense of [the A-League] after playing here before, which gives him a good view of the strength of the league, his possibilities and our expectations." 

"Andrija terminated his contract in Thailand to join us. He really wants to be part of our team because he strongly believes in himself and our success." 

Kaludjerovic said the prospect of playing a good standard of football was a major factor in his decision to return to the A-League. 

"When Wellington called me, I didn’t have any doubts. I was here before with Brisbane and I really liked the league – it’s not as technical as playing in Spain or Switzerland but ever year it is growing, getting better and better – I just want to play good football." 

"[Darije] he is expecting goals. He knows that I can do this, he has studied my game, knows what to expect so I hope to deliver." 

"My area is in the goalbox. This feeling for the goal, I was born with this and almost every club if I play, I score goals. But my game is not just to score goals, I have good cooperation with other players, it’s a nice feeling too to make the assist."

Source: AAP