Duric deserves a good rest, say Goal Singapore readers

The Tampines Rovers forward and former Singapore international is set to retire after the 2014 season and our readers approve of his decision
It will all finally come to an end for Aleksandar Duric when the evergreen striker hangs up his boots at the end of next season.

The Tampines Rovers forward told Goal Singapore a few days ago that he would definitely be retiring in 2014, having considered doing so during the current season.

“Definitely next year, next year will be my last season 100 per cent,” the 42-year-old confirmed.

"So I am looking forward for one more season with Tampines, try to win a fourth [consecutive] title if I can, [then] it’s really time for me to step down and look for some new challenges in life."

Born in Bosnia, Duric made his way to Singapore via Australia as he joined Tanjong Pagar United in 1999. Spells at Home United, Geylang United, Singapore Armed Forces FC ensued and he bulged the net freely wherever he went. Now at Tampines, he has helped the club to three consecutive league titles.

On the international front, he made his debut for the Lions in November 2007 against Tajikistan in the first leg of the second round of the AFC 2010 World Cup qualifiers, grabbing a brace as they won 2-0. Duric also won his first AFF Suzuki Cup when he helped Singapore to the 2012 trophy, memorably scoring against arch-rivals Malaysia in the group stages.

Having rendered such sterling service to the local football scene, in addition to being a top role model for compatriots and aspiring footballers alike, it is no wonder that 75.7% of Goal Singapore readers believe Duric deserves a good rest.

Despite the other 24.3% believing that Duric can still carry on, the majority clearly feel he made the right decision to retire and the striker will definitely do so with a "legend" status.