Nikola Mileusnic – Brisbane Roar’s fresh face on the wing

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Brisbane Roar have added a wealth of talent and experience to attack with the signing of winger Nikola Mileusnic.

After a victorious Danish Cup campaign with Superliga side Randers FC, the 28-year-old winger has joined Warren Moon and his men.

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Having played a season in Europe, Mileusnic’s decision to come back to his home country and play in the A-League Men was a simple one.

“For me being overseas was great. But being 28 years old, I knew if I stayed over in Europe, I wouldn’t have had the amount of game time that I would have hoped for,” Mileusnic said.

“So I thought to come back to Australia and during the whole pandemic it was a good idea for me and my partner, to come back.”

Having played for his hometown side Adelaide United for four seasons before his stint overseas, Mileusnic’s decision to come back and play for Brisbane was influenced by Moon and his coaching staff.

“I spoke to Warren Moon and Moon is a great guy and a fantastic coach. So that’s what brought me over to Brisbane,” Mileusnic said.

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“Just speaking with the coaching staff and people behind the scenes at the club brought me out here and everyone really just helped me get over the line and come on board.”

Having played A-League Men’s football before his European endeavour, Mileusnic looks to be settling in well with his former teammates and rivals, setting up the perfect chemistry and companionship that will be beneficial to the Roar throughout the season.

“Yeah, for sure the boys have been great. When I got to the club the boys were super welcoming,” he said.

“I played against most of them previously, but I didn’t have any personal friendships with them but the culture here is they make you feel welcomed, and it was a really easy transition for me especially because the group was already so tight knit.”

Mileusnic’s achievement of fulfilling his lifelong dream of playing football in Europe, has equipped him with a valuable experience.

An experience that when coupled with his skill, and athleticism, will bolster the style of the Roar.

“I loved the way the Roar played last year. I thought it was fantastic and they had a really good season,” he said.

Mileusnic believes the Roar have an adaptive play style. One that they can use to their strength to play against any sort of tactic rival teams may have planned.

“I feel like from the very get-go we certainly knew how we wanted to play, and I felt like we had the basic overview of our adaptive game plan,” Mileusnic said.

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“We’re able to adapt and change formations, we’re very dynamic and no matter who’s in or who’s out we can change our style of play which is a really good dynamic to have.”

Coming back to the A-League, the winger believes he still has a lot to learn and wants to benefit from the opportunity to play for the Roar.

“With the experience, I gained from Europe, it was an advantage for me to come here and have a fresh start, and I’ll be able to build on last season,” he said.

Feature Image Credit: Josh Springfield

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Min-Gyu Shim
Min-Gyu Shim
Bachelor of Journalism student at UQ, and a full time football fanatic. Covering Brisbane Roar for the 2020/21 season.

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