Dugandzic Drawn By Heart Philosophy

Melbourne Heart FC’s new signing Mate Dugandzic has revealed he’s belief in the Club’s footballing philosophy was a key reason behind his switch to the red half of town.

Melbourne Heart FC-s new signing Mate Dugandzic has revealed he-s belief in the Club-s footballing philosophy was a key reason behind his switch to the red half of town.

Dugandzic believes Heart-s emphasis on maintaining possession and utilising the width of the park is tailored perfectly to his strengths as a footballer, revealing a discussion with Head Coach John van ‘t Schip was a turning point.

"I met with John recently and we chatted a bit about his philosophy on football and that's what most attracted me to the Heart and to make this decision," he said.

"I'm grateful for that opportunity to play (at his previous club), and I'm grateful to the fans. But I decided that this is a move I wanted to make and I needed new challenge. When Heart came and had a chat, I was quite intrigued."

Dugandzic scored seven times in 37 appearances for the blue half of Melbourne to consolidate his reputation as a star on the rise.

And after earning selection to Aurelio Vidmar-s Olyroos side for last year-s four-nation tournament in Vietnam, Dugandzic appears on the cusp of making a major leap forward in his career.

The 21-year-old will commence training with the Heart squad in April, joining fellow fresh signing Curtis Good.

Dugandzic will wear number 23 for Heart.