Lovro Paparic, a Croatian center-forward, has returned to Primorje Rijeka, where he began his career.
Paparic, who is 24 years old, left Primorje in 2021, and after that, played abroad for the past two seasons, first for Vouliagmeni in the 2021/22 season and then for Partizan Belgrade (2022/23)
Primorje finished in third place in the Croatian League last year and earned a spot in the Champions League Qualifications for the upcoming season. The club, which was champion in both the Croatian and the Regional League several years ago, is eager to continue its progress, with Paparic's return being an important step towards that goal.
Paparic won the World Youth Championship with the Croatian U18 national team in 2016 and the silver medal at the World U20 Championships the following year. Although he was on the extended roster of the Croatian senior national team, he did not get an opportunity to play in a major competition. Thus, last year, he sent a letter to the Croatian Water Polo Federation and stated that he would not participate in preparations until certain changes were made. Today, after being presented as Primorje's new player, Paparic said he didn't think about a possible call-up to the national team at the moment.
In other news, Primorje has officially appointed Petar Muslim, a retired Olympic champion with Croatia in 2012, as its new sporting director. He ended his career a few months ago.