Victory add Kruse, Dugandzic
Melbourne Victory have quickly moved to bolster their squad in the wake of recent injuries and departures after signing Brisbane Roar striker Robbie Kruse and promoting midfielder Mate Dugandzic.
Veteran striker Danny Allsopp joined Qatar's Al Rayyan Sports Club for an undisclosed fee earlier this week, while midfielder Billy Celeski suffered a season-ending knee injury during last week's draw against Newcastle Jets. Both players have signed two-year deals with the defending A-League champions, with Institute of Sport graduate Kruse set to train with the Victory squad ahead of Sunday's meeting with Wellington Phoenix.
Melbourne intend to make at least one more addition with potential room for an injury replacement for Celeski, who has ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament. Former Young Socceroo Kruse, 20, has started all five games for Brisbane this season and has scored four goals in 26 appearances overall.
"We're really keen to develop and foster a healthy mix of youth and experience for the immediate future, while also planning long-term, and Robbie is a fantastic addition to Melbourne Victory," said football operations manager Gary Cole.
"He burst onto the scene in 2007 with Brisbane, scored a stunning goal against us in one of his first matches and has been on our radar ever since. He's proven over the past three years that he has a lot to offer in a variety of roles and we believe he'll fit well into our attacking set-up."
Dugandzic, 19, originally signed for Melbourne's youth team but has been promoted after impressive performances in training alongside the club's senior team over the last month. The Melbourne-born youngster was signed by Croatia's Dinamo Zagreb last year and enjoyed a successful loan spell at club NK Lokomotiva Zagreb before returning home in January and playing in the Victorian Premier League season with Melbourne Knights.
"Mate is an exciting, promising young talent who is technically gifted, had an excellent season in the Victorian Premier League and is one of the quickest players we've ever had at the club," added Cole. "He played against us in three matches for the Victorian state side earlier this year and we have been monitoring his progress. He's a good addition to our squad and the next two years will provide him with a good opportunity to develop as a footballer."