Aleksa Pejić joins the Green & Whites
Announcing the next new signing for SK Rapid: 22-year-old midfielder Aleksa Pejić - capped twice by the Serbian national team - is moving to Hütteldorf. Born on July 9th, 1999, the tall right-footer played just over 60 competitive matches for Serbian first division club FK Proleter Novi Sad in 2019/20 and 2020/21 and also made two appearances for his national team last year. His most recent station was with three-time Belarusian champions Shakhtyor Soligorsk.
He will now play for the Green & Whites from next season, with a deal lasting up to and including the 2024/25 season. Managing Director of Sport Zoran Barišić had the following to say about the latest addition: "We already know Aleksa Pejić from his time in Novi Sad and watched him regularly back then. He is a very down-to-earth and willing player who should be a real reinforcement for our central midfield thanks to his playmaking and strategic qualities, and I am pleased that we will have him on board in the future."
The Thoughts of Feldhofer & Pejić
Head coach Ferdinand Feldhofer says of his future protégé: "Aleksa Pejić will make us more multifaceted, he is a type of player that we do not currently have in our squad. He is very robust and strong in both tackles and aerial challenges, and at around 190 centimeters he is also quite a tall player. In addition, he can beat opponents well with his forward momentum and is a good strategist for build-up play. He can be used in midfield as both a six and an eight. The impression that Pejić gives is that of a very motivated player, and I think we will have a lot of fun with him."
The new Rapidler himself says: "I am very happy that I was able to sign a contract with such a big club like Rapid. The club has a very impressive history, is known throughout Europe and can count on the best fan base in Austria. I'm looking forward to getting to know my new teammates, I want to help us succeed and, of course, improve myself athletically," said Pejić, who has already seen the new Körner Training Center powered by VARTA and the Allianz Stadium as part of his contract signing and sports medicine tests, and was very enthusiastic with his first impressions.