A-League: Melbourne City fullback Ivan Franjic agrees to deal with South Korean side Daegu FC
July 18, 2017 6:54pm
Matt WindleyHerald Sun
MELBOURNE City’s squad build for the new season has been dealt a blow, with star fullback Ivan Franjic set to depart for South Korea.
Franjic is understood to successfully have undergone a medical with K-League side Daegu FC on Tuesday afternoon and has agreed to a two-year deal.
The 29-year-old right back had one year remaining on his contract at City, with the two clubs to confirm terms on a transfer agreement in the coming days.
The move comes after City signed experienced defender Iacopo La Rocca last week, while the club has also netted left back Scott Jamieson this off-season.
Melbourne City fullback Ivan Franjic is off to South Korea.
City further bolstered its squad with three teenage signings on Tuesday morning.
Striker John Roberts (two-year deal), midfielder Connor Metcalfe (one year) and attacking midfielder Ramy Najjarine (three years) all signed scholarship contracts.
But the loss of Franjic is a blow to the club’s 2017-18 plans.
He had been training with his City teammates since the start of pre-season last month.
The former Brisbane Roar championship winner was once a Socceroos mainstay, but has not added to his 20 caps since June 2015 after suffering a run of injuries and a heart scare 12 months ago.
He played 39 A-League games in two seasons at City, which did not shed any light on the situation when contacted by the Herald Sun.
“Melbourne City does not comment on media speculation relating to player transfers,” a City spokesman said.
Deagu is currently 11th in the 12-team Korean top flight, level on points with bottom side Gwangju and two behind 10th-placed Incheon.
City still has a marquee spot to fill for next season. It is able to sign two more foreign players.
Star midfielder Luke Brattan, who last season played while on loan from parent club Manchester City, is understood to be more likely than not to stay for at least another year.
Brattan was expected to line-up for City’s first friendly in the Warren Joyce era on Tuesday night, a match against local Victorian outfit Oakleigh Cannons.