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The former Croatia youth international has found success hard to come by since leaving Dinamo Zagreb in 2009, but is out to get his career back on track with the A-League club

Having seen his new Melbourne Heart side in action for the first time on Wednesday, signing Josip Tadic is now hoping to resurrect his career down under.

The 24-year-old former Croatia youth international comes to Melbourne with a positive outlook, having undertaken wretched spells in Germany, France and Poland after leaving Dinamo Zagreb in his homeland in 2009.

"My first impressions are very positive," he told

"It really is something here, and I've been well accepted by the playing group. The atmosphere is great.

"I only came a few days ago after a long trip, but hopefully everything is going to with time come together here."

Tadic, who arrived in Australia on Monday but did not feature in Wednesday's pre-season match against Victorian Premier League outfit Melbourne Knights, is intent on making an impact with John Aloisi's side.

"Considering I only came a few days ago, I wasn't able to play, but I have heard great things about the club here in Melbourne. A lot of people hold it in high regard," he said.

"I'm slowly coming to terms with everything here, but everyone here is very positive. Every time they play they look for a result."

Heart's 2-0 win over the Knights did not come easy, with two costly mistakes for the former National Soccer League side proving their downfall.

Heart forwards Dylan Macallister and David Williams were the ones to take advantage of late mistakes in each half from Knights duo Aaron Romein and Adam Nakic respectively.

Tadic is positive about the Heart's prospects in the 2012-13 A-League season.

"It was good to see how the team plays, and slowly but surely, with each day confidence will grow, especially with matches like these against good opposition," he said.

Mate Dugandzic, who was with Dinamo's youth team when Tadic was also at the club, believes his side have ultimately covered for the notable depatures of Eli Babalj, Brendan Hamill and Curtis Good this off-season with its overseas signings.

"We've lost a lot of players, and depth has gone away a bit, but the recruitment so far has been very good. We've brought in a lot of good players that can account for the one's that have gone away," he said.

"Patrick Gerhardt's looking really, really good coming from Zeljo [Bosnian club Zeljeznicar], and Tadic as well, so it's exciting times for us."

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