South Melbourne FC is pleased to announce the signing of 25 year old central midfielder Dane Milovanovic for the 2015 National Premier League Victoria season.
Milovanovic is a hard working, versatile and commanding midfielder that provides South with extra toughness in the middle of the park. Having spent time at the Australian Institute of Sport alongside Bonel Obradovic, Mathew Theodore and Milos Lujic, Milovanovic should have no problems in settling into life at Lakeside Stadium.
Dane has played for the Australian National Team at Under 17, Under 19 and Under 23 level, as well as for the Schoolboys side. His excellent form was also noticed by A-League sides Adelaide United and Brisbane Roar, who both included Dane as part of their Youth Team squads. In his time with Adelaide United, he won the Youth Player of the Season and spent time with the senior squad.
Milovanovic is a familiar face to NPL Victoria, having previously played for the Oakleigh Cannons, Bentleigh Greens and for the Ballarat Red Devils. He scored a wonderful goal from a free kick against South when South won 1-2 at Morshead Park on Saturday 3 May 2014.
After leaving Ballarat during the mid-season transfer window, Dane spent the second half of 2014 with New Radiant SC in the Maldives, where he was able to play a major role in the club winning the National League and qualifying for the AFC Cup in 2015. Dane has also played professional football for Sun Hei in Hong Kong and Pelita Bandung Raya in Indonesia.
Speaking to smfc.com.au. Football Director Nick Maikousis was pleased with the acquisition. “Dane is a wonderful footballer who will add some class and toughness in the middle of the park for us. With the loss of Steve Hatzikostas for a large part of the 2015 season through injury, it was certainly an area we have looked to strengthen and by signing Dane we believe that we have done so.”
We wish Dane all the best for the 2015 season at South Melbourne FC.