Croatian center-forward Niksa Dobud will leave Pro Recco at the end of the season and join Jadran Split.
As it seems now, Dobud will be replaced by his fellow countryman Luka Loncar, the regular member of the Croatian national team and Jug’s center-forward.
According to unofficial sources, Loncar (33) is very close to signing a contract for Pro Recco.
He was born in Zagreb, and played for Mladost until 2015 when he moved to Jug Dubrovnik. But, he already gained some experience in Italy (he spent two seasons in Brescia, from 2011 to 2013). Loncar achieved great results with the Dubrovnik-based club. He won the 2016 Champions League and several national and Regional League trophies with Jug.
Loncar debuted for Croatia in 2013. As a player of the national team, he won the gold medal at the 2017 World Championships, silver at the 2016 Olympic Games bronze at the 2013 and 2019 World Championships, etc.
Jug’s second center-forward Alex Obert (USA) will probably also leave the club, so the runner-up in the 2020/21 Croatian League will have to find two new players for this role.
The transfer window has started in France. Strasbourg has appointed a new head coach. Marc Amardeilh, who coached Marseille until 2020, arrived at Strasbourg. He replaced Igor Racunica, who won the French League with Strasbourg in 2018 and 2019. Amardeilh led Marseille to the LEN Euro Cup in the 2018/19 season.
An experienced Croatian coach Elvis Fatovic returns to Europe but he hasn’t revealed his plans for the new season. Fatovic has been Australia‘s head coach for the past two Olympic cycles. He announced that he would leave “Aussie Sharks” after the Tokyo Olympics. Australia, with Fatovic on the bench, won silver at the 2018 FINA World Cup and bronze in the 2019 FINA World League. Elvis will stay involved in an advisory role, providing a good transition to the incoming Head Coach, as well as serving as an Australian representative in Europe to those players who will be training and playing overseas, the Australian Water Polo federation announced.
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