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Dimitrijevic to face old teammate at Jets

  • Dimitrijevic to face old teammate at Jets

Already equipped with two of their own, Sydney FC will be watching out for an extra Milos on the field when they face Newcastle on Saturday.

New Jets striker Milos Trifunovic kicked off his A-League career with a bang on the weekend, scoring his side's winner against Wellington Phoenix.

The Serbian's dazzling debut has put Sydney FC on high alert, and none more so than compatriot and former teammate Milos Dimitrijevic.

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Dimitrijevic knows Trifunovic well, having played alongside the 30-year-old at Serbian heavyweights Red Star Belgrade for a year in 2011.

They even trained together in their native country during this pre-season when Dimitrijevic, who had finally decided to re-sign with Sydney, had a hand in his good friend's decision to join him in Australia.

"I know him from Red Star. He's a very good striker, very good player. So we need to be careful of him," Dimitrijevic said.

"This pre-season before I came back here we trained together in Serbia.

"I know him very well, and can't wait to see him again.

"We spoke a lot in pre-season, and I told him everything about Australia and about A-league. I think it's helped him to make his choice and come to Newcastle."

With a scoring record of approximately a goal every three games over the last five years of his career and an ability to play in wide areas, Trifunovic presents an attacking threat the Sky Blues will need to watch, especially given their defensive issues early in their opener with Melbourne City.

But Sydney also have their own Serbian threats in Dimitrijevic and the squad's second Milos, new signing Milos Ninkovic.

A former international who played in the 2010 World Cup, Ninkovic could be a revelation in the No.10 role, while the versatile Dimitrijevic showed his usual midfield flair in Saturday's draw with City with an 82.3 per cent passing accuracy rate.

Dimitrijevic said it was no surprise Serbian players were joining the A-League.

"Serbian players are very good, and why not? The A-League is a very good league," he said.

"When I first came here I didn't expect all this, and now I really enjoy every day so I'm happy to help other Serbian players to come here and play well, and put the level higher in the A-League."

Sydney will play Newcastle at Hunter Stadium on Saturday night.

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