|By PADDY HIGGS
Journeyman Australian Goran Subara has won the race for a contract at Thai Premier League club Bangkok Glass, beating former Melbourne Victory defender Petar Franjic to the outfit's Asian player spot.
Australia youth international Franjic, 20, had seemed likely to clinch a deal at the Glass Rabbits, having linked up with the club on trial after his release from A-League club Victory on January 9.
But the capital club's manager Phil Stubbins - a former assistant at Adelaide United - instead opted on Tuesday to sign Subara, who impressed in trial matches against Malaysian champions ATM FA and Singapore's Warriors FC in preparation for the 2013 season.
Subara, 25, can play in defence and midfield and has had a nomadic career since leaving New South Wales Premier League club Bonnyrigg White Eagles in 2008.
After spending a short time with Fiji club Lautoka FC, Subara has taken in stints in Indonesia with PSM Makassar and in Singapore with Warriors, Balestier Khalsar and most notably Gombak United.
He has signed a one-year deal at the ambitious Thai club, joining former Perth Glory striker Billy Mehmet in the Glass Rabbits' squad.
Franjic must now look to continue his career elsewhere, but was believed to have fielded interest from China before linking up with Bangkok Glass.