Western Pride FC is pleased to announce the signing of ex-Brisbane City and Olympic FC midfielder Anthony Poljak.
The 19-yer old is the first mid-season signing for Pride coach Graham Harvey as he looks to bolster an attacking line-up missing the injured Jordan Lambi.
Poljak came through the ranks of Olympic FC before a breakout PlayStation® 4 National Premier Leagues 2015 season for Brisbane City saw him score 2 goals in 11 appearances.
His form led to a trial offer at Croatian powerhouse Hadjuk Split before further invitations came from Spanish clubs Getafe FC and Racing Santander.
When the ex-Ipswich Grammar School student recently returned to Australia school friend and Pride striker Joe Duckworth invited him to train with the club where he quickly impressed.
Harvey said Poljak was a player who matched Pride’s development philosophy.
“He ticks off the boxes in terms of age and ability,” Harvey said.
“He’s a skilful winger so he can contribute a few goals and assists.”
Harvey added Poljak’s arrival also solved a few short term headaches.
“We have a few boys heading off overseas during the June period so it is good timing really,” Harvey said.
“Anthony’s been off trialling all over the world so he really wants to settle down and play in the NPL and see where football leads him at the end of the season.”
Poljak said while he has missed competitive football during his lengthy overseas stint he still learned a lot from his experiences.
“I’ve been playing games with the clubs wherever I’ve trialled though I’ve not been signed for registered games,” Poljak said.
“I’ve feel it has still helped because I’ve been playing with professional players, so I’ve grown as a footballer.”
Poljak is pleased to return to the PlayStation® National Premier Leagues which he considers important in developing young players such as himself for a shot at training with professional clubs.
“The NPL is at a very high standard, and the training is at a high intensity,” Poljak said.
“I know Pride play a lot of youth and that is the football I enjoy playing.”