Lustica staying with expansion club United

30 June 2020 21:15:39 GMTPlus10

Western United have retained former Hajduk Split midfielder Steven Lustica for next season.

The 29-year-old has only played three games for the club since joining on a short-term deal in February.

But coach Mark Rudan saw him as part of his squad for the 2020-21 campaign, based on what he'd produced so far.

Speaking of Lustica, who signed from Uzbekistan Super League club FC Qizilqum Zarafshon, Rudan said: "Steve has seamlessly entered our football team and [impressed the] club through his professionalism, strong work ethic and positive attitude.

"His extension is just reward for his solid performances knowing that he has the ability to still improve."

Lustica won an A-League double of championship and Premier's Plate with Brisbane Roar in 2013-14, during what was his second spell with the Queensland club.

He has also played in the competition for now-defunct Gold Coast United, Adelaide United and Western Sydney Wanderers.

The central midfielder played his part in big wins for United in their last two games - they followed a 6-2 thrashing of Central Coast by beating Adelaide 2-1 away from home.

Rudan's side will resume their campaign inside the top six on goal difference.

They have the same number of points as seventh-placed Adelaide, and are one point above Western Sydney - United have a game in hand over both rivals.

Lustica said he was excited to have extended his say with the expansion team.

"The club has already built a great culture here and I'm happy to be part of it," he added. "With the players and coaching staff, led by head coach Mark Rudan, that we have, hopefully, we can achieve a lot of success."

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