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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Sydney have makings of champions: Bojic

By Angela Habashy

Pedj Bojic knows what it takes to win an A-League championship and he says his new club Sydney FC look the goods for next season.

Defender Bojic, who spent the last five years with reigning champions Central Coast, is excited by what's in store after signing on Wednesday with the rebuilding glamour club, who finished seventh, missing the finals last season.

"100 per cent I think they've got what it takes," said Bojic as the Sky Blues started pre-season training on Thursday.

"I'm not going to come to a team I don't think is going to win.

Bojic, who had been commuting between Sydney and the Mariners' base at Gosford, said he was ecstatic to be back in his home city.

"It's something I've been looking forward to for a long time now," he said. "It's back home for me.

"Sydney for me is the biggest club in Australian football and I wanted to be a part of that."

The 29-year-old right back was an integral part of arguably the best defence in the league at the Mariners and felt he could help turn things around for a side with one of the worst defensive records last season.

"I'm coming from a championship-winning team so any input I can bring is a plus and vice versa. I'm here to learn as well," he said.

Coach Frank Farina had been perusing Bojic for some time to fill the right-back role that proved a real problem spot for the Sky Blues, who further bolstered their defence this week by signing Brazilian centre-half Tiago Calvano.

Farina will be assisted next season by former Brisbane coach Rado Vidosic who is likely to help in still a more attacking style of possession-based football.

And with the attacking stocks to feature the returning Nick Carle alongside Italian star Alessandro Del Piero and Joel Griffiths, Bojic felt Sydney had the makings of a championship team.

"Our strike force is going to be great," said Bojic.

"I think you're really going to see a lot of creativity throughout the squad and exciting football."

Bojic admitted getting to play alongside Del Piero was a definite drawcard and confessed he'd be asking for a photo and maybe an autograph when he met the Italian striker, who was yet to rejoin the squad.

Bojic, who was the regular free-kick taker at the Mariners, had no issue with relinquishing that role to the Italian maestro.

"Maybe I have to injure him at training," he joked.

"No I'm happy to step aside for him and just watch him take them."




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