Glory scores Serbian striker

Perth Glory will have plenty of bite in attack with proven goal scorer Branko Jelic signing a three year deal with the club.

Perth Glory will have plenty of bite in attack with proven goal scorer Branko Jelic signing a three year deal with the club.

Glory coach Dave Mitchell has been determined to add extra potency up front following Nikita Rukavytsya-s move to Holland at the end of last season and is confident he has secured a player capable of scoring regularly and creating goals for team mates.

“With Nikita gone we needed to bolster our options up front and by securing Branko we feel that with have like for like in terms of quality,” Mitchell said.

“Branko is excellent in and around the box, he scores goals, makes great position and can also set things up for other players as well.”

The Serbian striker recently agreed to a mutual termination with his Bundesliga club FC Energie Cottbus after which Perth was able to discuss the possibility of a move to WA.

“Branko was player that we understood to be interested in coming to Australia but he was contracted so we didn-t think there was much hope of bringing him out here this season,” Mitchell said.

“However things can change quickly in football and after he became available we tabled an offer and explained what we-ve set out to do at the club and to our delight he was very keen to be part of that.”

The 32 year old has played for Serbian powerhouse side Red Star Belgrade and has experience in Asia where he claimed the Golden Boot award in the Chinese Super League with 21 goals for Beijing Guoan in 2005.

“He has proven himself to be a dangerous player in front of goal throughout his career and I-m sure he-ll be able to continue to do that for Perth Glory,” Mitchell said.

“Things have fallen into place nicely and we-re now in the process of securing working visas and the like to get him to Perth as soon as possible.”

Perth Glory has 19 contracted players for the Hyundai A-League 2009/10 season and is continuing discussions with a number of other prospects to fill the remaining spots including the marquee position.

Full name: Branko Jelic (Pron: Yell-itch) Date of birth: May 5, 1977 (age 32) Place of birth: Cacak, SFR Yugoslavia Height: 1.83m Position: Striker

Previous Clubs: 1995-2000 Borac Cacak (Serbia); 2000-2003 Red Star Belgrade (Serbia); 2003 FK Vojvodina (Serbia); 2004-2005 Beijing Guoan (China); 2006-2007 Xiamen Lanshi (China); 2008-2009 Energie Cottbus (Germany)