Brotherly advice has Deni Juric primed to deliver

Rising Australian striker Deni Juric is heeding the advice of his Socceroos sibling Tomi, as he plots his own pathway to the top.

Deni Juric

Deni Juric is paying attention to advice from his brother and Socceroos striker, Tomi Source: Supplied

The 19-year-old Hajduk Split forward, signed by the iconic Croatian club last August, has been on fire for the second team, but is still awaiting his senior league debut.



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But with 10 goals in 14 appearances for the reserves - and a birthday goal on debut in a first team friendly just days after signing - Juric has been told to practice patience by his Switzerland-based brother in the belief that his time will come under new coach Joan Carrillo.

Deni, who dreams of one day teaming up with Tomi for the green and gold, having represented Croatia at Under-19 level, said: "Tomi has told me that I have be a little bit patient and that my opportunity will arrive in good time.

"He's told me not to rush too much and just keep performing and showing what I can do, and I am confident after the winter break I will be well placed to get a call up into the first team.

"I train with them all the time and I already feel part of things in that way, but I've been playing for the reserves.

"I'm happy to have been scoring because that's what I've come here to do.

"I have already learned a lot and I just want to make that next step now."

Deni, like Tomi, was born in Australia before the family moved back to the land of their heritage when Tomi was  16, to allow him to pursue a professional career.



And ambitious Deni has always shared the same thirst for goals, and despite suffering an injury setback soon after his arrival, after cutting his teeth with second-tier NK Radnik Sesvete, he now feels that he well placed to deliver.

"When the chance comes, and I am sure it will this year, I am confident I can do well for the first team," he said.

"The club signed me (on a two-year contract) to be part of the first team ...  they have showed belief in me and I know I can repay that."

Deni purrs with pride at the achievements of Tomi, an AFC Asian Cup winner and nailed-on member of Ange Postecoglou's 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying squad.

"He's always been an inspiration for me and encourages me every step of the way," Juric said.

"It's been great to see him do so well and I just want to follow in his footsteps.

"That won't be easy at all ... but I am up for the challenge for sure."


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Published 8 January 2017 at 7:37pm
By Dave Lewis