We have appointed former Australian international Ante Morić as head coach, with former Socceroo Sasa Ognenovski also joining the club in a technical capacity.

Semi Sivić will remain as an assistant coach, as we aim to retain our status in the NPL top flight.

Joining from NSW NPL division 2 side St George, where he has most recently coached their Under 20s, Morić is the latest coach to emanate from sister-club Sydney United’s extraordinary production line of coaches, which includes Tony Popović, Ante Miličić and Mark Rudan. He was previously part of Sydney United’s senior coaching setup where he led the U20s.

The midfielder/wing-back burst on to Australian scenes in the early 1990s after completing an AIS scholarship. Morić debuted for Sydney Croatia against Preston Macedonia in 1992-93, before starring in the 1993 FIFA Under 20 World Cup, alongside then club teammate and another ex Dandy City player/coach Ante Miličić, reaching the semi-finals. He was also a regular for the Olyroos, who reached the semi-finals of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, featuring Mark Viduka, Frank Jurić, Steve Horvat and Danny Tiatto. Morić was also part of the Socceroos squad that featured in the 1994 Four Nations Tournament in Japan.

Morić is currently undertaking his AFC/FFA A License course, and is committed to pursuing his ambitions of being a professional coach after a break from the dugout.

He and Ognenovski collectively played over 330 National Soccer League and A-League games and over 500 professional games for domestic and overseas clubs and country.

Ognenovski is one of just two Australians to have won an Asian Player of the Year award (along with Mile Jedinak), back in 2010 after leading Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma to the AFC Champions League title.

His breakthrough in the top tier of Australian football came in 2000 with sister-club Melbourne Knights, when he was signed by ex Hajduk coach Vlado Vaniš, playing alongside our club juniors Anthony Pelikan and Antun Kovačić.

After becoming a mature-age Socceroos debutant, Ognenovski was capped 10 times and played in the 2011 Asian Cup, while his illustrious career included stints at Brisbane Roar, Adelaide United and Sydney FC.

Morić will take charge of Saturday’s clash away to Heidelberg United at Olympic Village (kick-off 6pm).