After a successful 2 week trial central defender and fullback, Ante Bakmaz has signed a 1 year deal to play in the Maltese BOV Premier League with St Andrews Football Club.
From the Western Sydney suburb of Greystanes, Ante came through the youth ranks at local National Premier League team Granville Rage before moving onto his first leap into European football in the birth place of his parents, Croatia with NK Zagreb. After returning home for one season to play under the guidance of David Perkovic at Fraser Park, who Ante describes as “the best manager I have had the pleasure of playing under” he returned to Croatia to play for NK Trešnjevka, NK Laduc. He then moved across to The Netherlands to play with FC Chabab, before securing a deal with the prestigious outfit Ajax Amsterdam in their Top Classe Zaterdag squad.
IFM Director Andy Drewery said ”Ante deserves this, he has worked hard on and off the pitch and has done the hard yards to get to this moment in his career. He is a an extremely gifted and professional footballer – this is a fantastic opportunity to play top league football. It is a pleasure to be able to work with a player like Ante and create this window of opportunity. He will only excel from here”. The signing was also mentioned in the Maltese media channels, such as TV Network TVM, Replay TV and News Malta.
Ante’s first game for the ‘Vjola’ could be against Birkirkara FC this coming weekend. Good luck Ante from all of us at IFM!