Serb s Glory move confirmed
New Perth Glory signing Nebojsa Marinkovic, centre, with assistant coach Andrew Ord and interim head coach Kenny Lowe. Pic: Perth Glory FC

UPDATE 1.45pm: Serbian Nebojsa Marinkovic's move to Perth Glory has been confirmed as the club looks to bolster its creative midfield options in a bid to qualify for a third successive finals series.

Marinkovic, 27, had a medical assessment today and has signed a deal tying him to Glory until the end of next season.

The move, revealed in The West Australian today, comes as club officials look to put the finishing touches on a loan deal with Lithuanian forward Darvydas Sernas.

Glory will also step up negotiations with Adrian Madaschi and Rostyn Griffiths this week.

The two WA products have both recently left Asian clubs and began training with Glory last week.

Marinkovic and Sernas could make their Glory debuts in the game against Western Sydney Wanderers at Pirtek Stadium on Sunday, but visa issues could delay Sernas’ availability.

Marinkovic spent five years at Partizan Belgrade from 2003-08 and has since played with a range of clubs throughout Europe, most recently with Israeli side Hapoel Haifa.

Glory officials took advice on Marinkovic from a range of third parties, including former striker Branko Jelic, who watched his fellow Serbian when he first burst onto the scene with Partizan.

“Nebojsa is a very hard working and creative attacking midfielder. He has great character and wherever he has played he has been highly valued," Glory's interim coach Kenny Lowe said.

"He distributes the ball well, has great skill and also one of the best long range shots I’ve seen in some time and is extremely dangerous from set pieces."

Glory chief executive Jason Brewer said Marinkovic would fill a void in the team that was identified by Lowe.

“There was a recognition that they needed someone creative in that no.10 role,” Brewer said.

“We needed some with that experience to be able to play 90 minutes week in, week out and service the likes of Shane Smeltz.”

Brewer said the acquisition of new players in the prime of their careers was important for Glory’s team balance.

“We’ve got a tremendous amount of players who are 21 years and below, and a large amount who are 30 years and above,” Brewer said.

“But in that prime age group of 25-30 there really isn’t that many players.

“It was quite an important thing to get more of a balance to the team.”

The West Australian

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