Franjic nears Thailand move despite CSL interest

Former Melbourne Victory defender Petar Franjic appears poised to spurn interest from China to join Phil Stubbins' Bangkok Glass in the Thai Premier League Indonesia   By PADDY HIGGS

Former Melbourne Victory defender Petar Franjic is close to rejecting interest from Chinese Super League clubs to sign with Bangkok Glass in Thailand, understands.

The 20-year-old has been offered a two-year deal at the Thai Premier League outfit, with the influence of Australian coach Phil Stubbins key to any decision to join the Glass Elephants.

The club has published a profile of Franjic on their website and is hoping the contract will be signed in the coming days.

As well as former Adelaide United assistant Stubbins, Franjic would also have a familiar face at the club in Irish striker Billy Mehmet, who joined the capital club earlier in January from Perth Glory.

An Australia youth international, Franjic made 31 A-League appearances for Victory and also appeared in the 2010 and 2011 AFC Champions League.

But he had struggled for opportunities under Ange Postecoglou this season, with his release announced on January 9.

The Glass Elephants are looking to improve on their eighth-placed finish in 2012.

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