Newcastle Jets' Croatian connection has strengthened with the A-League club securing talented young defender Ivan Vujica from Dinamo Zagreb.
The 19-year-old Sydney-born left back moved from Australia to play in Croatia in 2011, linking with the top-tier club's under-19 squad and representing the country at youth level.
Vujica says he's ready to graduate to first-team football.
"I haven't come here only to develop," he said.
"I have come to play my part for the first team in the A-League as soon as possible."
The signing boosts an already strong Croatian representation at the Jets, with recent signing Mateo Poljak and midfielder Steven Ugarkovic on the roster.
"They (Poljak and Ugarkovic) have told me good things about the club, team and city, so I am looking forward to meeting my new teammates this morning," Vujica said.
Newcastle coach Scott Miller said Vujica's Croatian education will serve him well in the A-League.
"Ivan has been well educated technically in Croatia and has an aggressive, dynamic style which we believe will help our group both physically and tactically," he said.
"He rates very favourably statistically compared to his peers in games."