Pune FC sign Montenegrin striker Nikac Darko as marquee player
Pune FC have signed Montenegrin international Darko Nikac as their marquee player for the 2015 I-League season, commencing tomorrow.
Pune: Pune FC have signed Montenegrin international Darko Nikac as their marquee player for the 2015 I-League season, commencing tomorrow.
The 24-year-old striker joins the club after spending the first half of the 2014-15 season with Montenegrin top-flight side OFK Grbalj and scoring six times in eleven games, said a media release on Friday.
As a full Montenegro international, Darko becomes Pune FC's marquee player and joins fellow overseas players Luciano Sabrosa and Ryuji Sueoka in the lineup.
Chirag Tanna, Pune FC Head of Operations, said, "We are very pleased to announce that we have signed Darko Nikac for the 2014-15 I-League season."
Karim Bencherifa, Pune FC Head Coach, said, "Darko is a young striker we were following for some time now. We have taken the right amount of time to observe all the players we have signed to make sure they fit into our system."
The Titograd-born striker began his professional career at FK Mladost in 2009 on a loan spell from parent club FK Buducnost. A successful loan period at the Podgorica-based club saw him return to FK Buducnost.
During his four-year stay at FK Buducnost, Darko was an integral part of the team that clinched the league title in 2011-12 apart from finishing runners up on three occasions. Moreover, he also helped Buducnost to a cup title in 2012-13.
Darko also represented FK Buducnost in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League on multiple occasions before making a switch to another top-flight side OFK Grbalj at the start of 2014-15 season.
Having started his professional career as a 19-year-old, Darko has also represented the Under-21 national team before making his senior national team debut in 2013.
Darko thus becomes the third European player to ply his trade for Pune FC after Spanish striker Raul Fabiani (2013) and English defender Calum Angus (2013-14).