Welcome to Rapid, Dejan Petrovic!
Dejan Petrovic has come to Hütteldorf! The 22-year-old is a current Slovenia U21 international, and despite his youth he already has over 100 games under his belt for NK Aluminij in Slovenia's top division the Prva Liga, with three goals to his name. In the current season, Aluminij, based in the municipality of Kidricevo, surprisingly lie second, ahead of record champions NK Maribor. Petrovic started every match, and has only been substituted once, in the latter stages of a game.
For the Slovenian U21 national team, the 179cm tall Petrovic has so far played eight matches (against England and France, among others) scoring two goals. He has also played for various other youth level sides in his home country and gained experience in the right midfield position.
The midfielder, whose contract with Aluminij ran until the end of the year, has signed a deal with Rapid lasting until the end of the 2022/23 season.
Managing Director Zoran Barisic had this to say about Rapid’s latest addition: "I am very pleased that in Dejan Petrovic we have been able to sign a current U21 international from our neighbouring country, and someone who has been in the sights of clubs from some top European leagues. Since my time as a coach at Olimpija Ljubljana I have kept a close eye on him, and I am convinced that he will add strength to our squad. He can play in both the classic "six" and "eight" positions, and his key attribute is his passing game." The Managing Director, who had already held personal talks with Dejan Petrovic in Slovenia before Rapid’s winter training camp, added: "Petrovic is a hard-working player and a strong character, he absolutely wants to play for us, and our scouts and the coaching team around Didi Kühbauer are also convinced of his abilities".
Petrovic himself said the following in his first statement since joining Rapid: "I have been watching out for the Austrian league and SK Rapid over the last few years. The club has a big reputation in my home country, and I am very happy to take on this new challenge here. I would like to thank my home club NK Aluminij for the last few years, I owe them a lot, and I have made many friends there." The 22-year-old is changing clubs for the first time in his career, and will wear the number 16 at SK Rapid in future.
Dejan Petrovic will join up with his new teammates for the first time on Tuesday. We wish him all the best for his time in Green and White!
Pictures: SK Rapid.