Djulbic secures transfer to Germany

January 20, 2009
By Justin Chadwick

Perth A-League defender Dino Djulbic has secured a deal with German second division side Rot Weiss Ahlen, netting the Glory an undisclosed transfer fee in the process.

Djulbic, who played for the Ahlen-based club as a junior from 1999-2001 before moving to Australia with his family, has been desperate for a move to Europe to further his career.

He had an unsuccessful trial with German second division side SpVgg Greuther Furth last December but impressed Rot Weiss Ahlen after spending the past week there.

Although the Glory would have liked to retain Djulbic for next season, the club at least receives a transfer fee for the 25-year-old, who was coming out of contract in March.

It has been a topsy-turvy season for Djulbic, who received a five-match ban early in the campaign for unsporting conduct towards a match official.

He has played 26 games since joining the Glory at the beginning of last season.

"Dino expressed a strong desire to find a new challenge and we thank him for his contribution to Perth Glory over the past two seasons and wish him well in a new chapter of his football career," Perth Glory chief executive Scott Gooch said.

Meanwhile, the future of star striker Nikita Rukavytsya, who is on trial with Dutch first division side FC Twente, is still unclear.

Rukavytsya, who is contracted with the Glory for another year, is facing a race against time to take part in Perth's season-ending clash with Queensland on Saturday.