Bulls sign Young Socceroos mid

Australian youth international Kristian Popovic has provided a boost to the Bulls’ midfield engine room after signing a two-year deal with Macarthur FC. 

The promising 21-year-old says he’s delighted to join the South West Sydney club and seal his return home after a three-year absence, having played his club football in Greece and Croatia since 2020. 

“I’m very excited to join the Bulls. I am looking forward to meeting the boys when I start the preseason and I want to help the club finish as high as we can this season,” Popovic said.

“It’s been three years since I was last in the A-League. I was in Greece and Croatia and the experience was excellent, it was an eye-opener. The challenges on and off the field helped me grow. I think that’s improved me as a player and I’m going take that into this season with the Bulls.”

Since breaking into the A-League as an 18-year-old in 2019 with Perth Glory, Popovic joined Xanthi in Greece before playing for Rudes, Medjimurje, Rudes and NK Kurilovec in Croatia. 

The six-time Australian youth international is a significant boost to the Bulls stocks in the middle of the park as the club prepares to compete for honours in three competitions in 2023/24; the Australia Cup, the AFC Cup and the Isuzu UTE A-League. 

“Kristian is a talented youngster with a lot of potential,” Bulls head coach Mile Sterjovski said. “He’s already had experience in the A-League, playing in Europe and with Australia’s youth teams. We are looking forward to him starting with us this season.”