Juric brothers flying as Deni delivers in Hajduk debut

Australia’s Juric brothers are on a roll with both scoring within three days of each other for club and country as they dream of one day teaming up together in the green and gold.

Deni Juric

Deni Juric Source: Hajduk Split

First it was old brother Tomi, with a goal and an assist in Thursday’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Iraq in Perth.

Then it was birthday boy Deni's turn as he celebrated his debut for new club Hajduk Split with a goal in the 3-1 friendly win over Bosnian side NK Siroki Brijeg, as he turned 19 on Saturday.

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All eyes will now be on the Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium on Wednesday morning (1.30am AEST) with Tomi expected to feature heavily against the United Arab Emirates as the family seeks to extend a week of living famously.

Coming off the bench just days after signing for one of Croatia’s most iconic clubs in the 85h minute, Deni – like Tomi a centre forward – crowned his entrance with a crisp strike from 16 metres two minutes into stoppage time.

“The club had a few players on international duty and after training with the first team the whole week, I got my chance and it was a great feeling to get on the scoresheet,” said Deni, who is feeling his way back to peak condition after a knee injury.

“I went in and I gave it a go and everything went well. I think I might have got a bit longer but the coach (Marijan Pusnik) wasn’t sure if I was quite ready yet to handle too much time at that tempo – but I was just glad to get on.

“The fact I have played and scored is a real confidence lifter and I am feeling great.”

But, with Tomi’s deeds in mind also, Deni could not hide his delight at a week to remember for the Juruc clan.

“For me it’s unbelievable how last week everything just fell into place … me signing for Hajduk, Tomi getting a goal and assist for the national team against Iraqi. I was so happy for him," he said.



“After I scored on Saturday I got a message and call from him straight away saying how this week couldn’t have been better. Scoring a goal on my birthday as well, I couldn’t have asked for a better present. This is once in a lifetime time stuff for us.”

Deni is now hoping that his older sibling, 25, gets more game time against UAE as coach Ange Postecoglou ponders his starting line up for Australia's second group game on the home stretch to Russia 2018.

Juric started ahead of the likes of Tim Cahill and Apostolos Giannou to lead the line against Iraq and is thriving at his new Swiss club Luzern.

“Tommy’s looking good and sharp and very fit," added Deni. "When you have that fitness, like he always tells me, you can do anything … things you didn’t even know you could do.



“When Tomi is fit, he can do anything because of his strength and his skill. I think Ange is beginning to count on him now and that’s a really good sign.”


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Published 5 September 2016 at 7:37pm
By Dave Lewis