Football Central can exclusively reveal that Brisbane Roar and Socceroos fullback Ivan Franjić is on the verge of a transfer to a Russian Premier League club based in Moscow. Franjić will join his potential new club later this week in a pre-season camp, and is likely to be the subject of a relatively sizeable transfer offer.
The 26 year old fullback, capable of playing on either side of defence or further forward, spent his early career in the Victorian Premier League before signing with the Roar in 2009 where he won three A-League Championships, including scoring a penalty in a shootout victory over the Central Coast Mariners in the 2011 Grand Final.
Franjić has been an ever present for the Roar and produced consistent performances in recent years, earning his first Socceroos cap in 2012 and starting in Australia’s opening game at the 2014 World Cup where he assisted Tim Cahill’s goal before succumbing to an unfortunate injury.
He will not be the first Australian to play in Russia as fellow fullback Luke Wilkshire spent six seasons with Dynamo Moscow before being released earlier this month.
Franjić’s pace, stamina and versatility will be a drawcard for any club and the Roar will miss him sorely if he departs. He possesses a good level of technical ability as he has shown throughout his time with Brisbane, and the ability to score from distance with his left and right foot. It is this two footedness that means Franjić can be deployed on either flank without affecting his performances.
Theoretically entering the prime of his career, Franjić has improved markedly from his days in Victoria. He will be a fixture of the Socceroos team for years to come, and moving abroad could help him grow and develop even further.