Djite excited by Aussie return
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Bruce Djite believes Gold Coast United coach Miron Bleiberg can help his career reach the next level after the striker left Genclerbirligi to return to Australia.

With Shane Smeltz heading to the Turkish club, Djite ended his two-year spell by heading the other way and the 23-year-old is excited about the prospect of working with Bleiberg. "I've heard a lot of positive things about Miron and if he wasn't a very good coach I wouldn't have come here because in terms of my development it's important to be guided by good coaches," he said.

"I'm really looking forward to working with him and working into his system. I'll give my best in every game, and hopefully do the job that Miron and the other boys expect of me. The experience of being overseas and playing against some of the players over there has been very valuable and now I hope to use what I have learned.

The experience of being overseas and playing against some of the players over there has been very valuable and now I hope to use what I have learned.
Bruce Djite

"Now it's a matter of getting back into the rhythm of training, gaining some match fitness and from there I can get into some good form and hopefully start scoring some goals for Gold Coast United."

The powerful striker previously played for Adelaide United in the A-League before heading overseas, scoring 11 goals in 32 games, and the Australia international is confident he will settle in immediately at his new team. "I played with Kristian Rees, Scott Higgins, Michael Thwaite a couple of times I've been in the Socceroos camp, and Jason Culina and a couple of other boys," he added.

"I think for me, what's most important is to find a place then settle down as quickly as possible and get everything set up. Once I'm settled off the field it's much easier to be settled on the field especially with coming into a new team with new team-mates."