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The former Gold Coast United player has been released by his Croatian club, with the A-League and Coopers Stadium believed to be his most likely destination

Australian midfielder Steven Lustica has left Croatian club Hajduk Split to return to Australia, with Adelaide United reportedly his most likely destination.

The 22-year-old struggled for game time at Split, sent out on loan to Dugopolje and Brisbane Roar after joining in June 2011.

Split confirmed Lustica's departure on their website on Monday, saying he was keen to continue his career in Australia.

According to Croatian daily newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija, Adelaide are keen to lure the former Young Socceroo to Coopers Stadium.

"I'm happy to have played for Hajduk and that I have been trained by the likes of (Goran) Vucevic, (Ante) Mise, (Krasimir) Balakov, (Miso) Krsticevic, (Igor) Tudor," Lustica told the newspaper.

"Tudor was my idol ... but my career has to go forward. I'm hoping to play at the World Cup in Brazil."

At Adelaide's fan forum on Monday night, Reds football manager Michael Petrillo said the club would be announcing the signing of a European-based Australian in the next 24 hours.

Lustica would be a decent replacement for Dario Vidosic, who departed for Swiss club FC Sion in August.

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