Monday, 16 June 2003 12:00 AM
South Melbourne has strengthened its defensive stocks with the signing of Ante Kovacevic. The 29 year old key defender made his NSL debut with the Melbourne Knights in 1994 before joining Adelaide City Force in 2000. Kovacevic was the team captain in Adelaide last season and with well over 200 NSL games under his belt he gives South Melbourne a wealth of experience and strength in the centre of its defence.
Kovacevic is looking forward to returning to his native Melbourne after three years in Adelaide. “I am immensely happy to be joining such an ambitious club,” said Kovacevic. “The tradition of South Melbourne and its history of success makes it a very appealing place for a player and I am looking forward to a really great season.”
South Melbourne coach Stuart Munro believes that Kovacevic will make an immediate positive impact. “I am delighted to make Ante my first signing,” said Munro. “He has all the ingredients of a top defender. His leadership, experience and winning mentality are great attributes.”