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Sandro Sukno returns home, Dobud arrives in Recco (?)

Sandro Sukno after the signing Photo: jug.hr

The most important news in the last days of the period for summer transfers has come from Dubrovnik.

Today, Sandro Sukno signed a 3-year contract with Jug, the club in which he started to play water polo. Sukno left Jug in 2011. After that, he has played for Primorje and Pro Recco. Sukno, who was voted the best water polo player of the world in 2017, has had a lot of health problems in the last twelve months. He didn’t play in the 2017/18 season because of problems with the heart. In March, he did a complicated heart surgery in the USA. After a recovery period, he should be able to play in the next season. Jug’s management doesn’t force Sukno’s fast return in the pool.

 I am very happy because of  Sukno’s return to his club and his home city. We don’t have some predictions when Sandro will start to play again. There is no need for hurry. We have to evaluate his capability through the season and we will decide when he will join the team in competitive matches – Vjekoslav Kobescak, Jug’s head coach said.

Sandro Sukno was very happy after the signing:

We didn’t need a lot of time to reach the agreement. I hope everything will go well. Behind me is the long break. Everything must go slow, but I hope I will be able to play again.

Since June, Jug has brought a few important reinforcements. Alexandros Papanastasiou, a member of the national team of Greece, came from Glyfada. Goalkeeper Toni Popadic Batina returned from Mediterrani (Spain). One of the best young players in the world, Russian Danil Merkulov moved from Jadran Herceg Novi to Jug. Elvis Fatovic and Hrvoje Benic extended their contracts with Jug, while two players left the club. Marko Bijac, an experienced goalkeeper, and Italian Vincenzo Renzuto left to Pro Recco.

Dobud arrives in Pro Recco?

According to several sources, Niksa Dobud (33 years) has signed a contract with Recco. The Croat is still under suspensions because he avoided a doping test in 2015. His 4-years suspension expires on April 15, so he might join the team in the finish of the season.

A few days ago, Pro Recco published the team for the start of the season on its website. Dobud isn’t on the list, but everything still could change.

Filip Filipovic, the MVP of the European Championships in Barcelona, won’t leave the club. Rumors about his moving to Barceloneta didn’t come true. The reinforcements are Marko Bijac, Vincenzo Renzuto (both came from Jug), Luka Bukic (Mladost), Joseph Kayes (OSC) Alessandro Velotto (Canottieri).

Recco’s team for the start of the 2018/19 season: Stefano Tempesti, Marko Bijac, Francesco Massaro (goalkeepers), Aleksandar Ivovic, Niccolo Figari, Niccolo Gitto, Alessandro Velotto, Francesco Di Fulvio, Dusan Mandic, Filip Filipovic, Gonzalo Echenique, Guillermo Molina, Vincenzo Renzuto Iodice, Luka Bukic, Matteo Aicardi, Michael Bodegas, Joseph “Joe” Kayes.

The players that left the club are:Alesiani, Bruni (both Sport Management), E. Caliogna (Camogli) and Volarevic (Pescara).

Other recent  transfers

Serbia: Newcomer in the new format of the Champions League, Red Star (Crvena Zvezda) brought seven players. Aleksandro Kralj (goalkeeper), Milos Maksimovic and Boris Popovic came from Budva (Montenegro). Dusan Vasic moved from Greek Vouliagmeni to Red Star, Georgian Andrea Bitadze arrived from Roma, Kristian Sulc from Vojvodina and Luka Perkovic from Tenerife (Spain). Kralj and Popovic had already played for Red Star.

Italy: Three foreign players arrived in Canottieri: Serbs Djordje Tanaskovic (from Red Star) and Milos Vukicevic (from Pays d’Aix, France) and Slovak Marek Tkac (Hannover)

Croatia: An expirienced Srđan Aksentijevic moved from Partizan (Serbia) to Primorje. Aksentijevic has played for Partizan, Red Star, Galatasaray.

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