S-League: Balestier sign former Dinamo Zagreb striker for new season

GREAT Eastern-Yeo's S-League side Balestier Khalsa on Tuesday unveiled Croatian striker Goran Ljubosevic as their star signing for the 2014 season.

The 30-year-old had previously played in the Uefa Champions League with Dinamo Zagreb, with further stints at Racing Club Genk, AIK Stockholm and St Gallen, among others.

"Last season was a relatively good year for Balestier and we are looking to improve performance on the pitch," club chairman S. Thavaneson said of the previous season, in which the Tigers finished fourth in the 12-team league and lifted the StarHub League Cup.

"But another of our main aims is to increase spectator interest in the league."

Signed under the star player scheme, Ljubosevic is not subject to the league's $10,000 salary cap.

Under new coach Marko Kraljevic - a player with the club in in S-League's inaugural 1996 campaign - Balestier have also added Serbian defender Emir Lotinac to their stable of foreign imports.

Kiwi defender Paul Cunningham has been retained as the club captain, as have South Korean attackers Park Kang Jin and Kim Min Ho.

But as Thavaneson added, Balestier are also closely monitoring the progress of their youngsters like forward Hanafi Akbar, a member of Singapore's 2010 Youth Olympic Games bronze-medal winning squad.

"If we see some young players with the ability, we will fast-track them," he said.

Ljubosevic is the second player to be signed under the star player scheme this season.

Defending league champions Tampines Rovers signed Serbian Miljan Mrdakovic, a former Serbia Under-23 player.

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