Kerala Blasters have signed Serbian defender Nemanja Lakic-Pesic ahead of the fourth season of Indian Super League, the club announced on Twitter.
Nemanja woah-oh, Nemanja woah-oh. He comes from Serbia! Welcome Kerala's own Serbinator! #YellowMeinKhelo #NammudeSwantham #IniKaliMaarum pic.twitter.com/DZYUdjpMOw — Kerala Blasters FC (@KeralaBlasters) August 11, 2017
The 25-year-old has plied his trade in the Serbian SuperLiga, which is the top-tier football league in the country. He has also played in the third-tier Serbian League Vojvodina and in the second division of Austrian football league.
He is now the third foreign player to be roped in by Blasters, after bringing back Iain Hume a few weeks ago and signing midfielder Courage Pekuson less than 24 hours ago. He has made the switch to the Indian Super League outfit after a one-year stint with Austrian second division club Kapfenberger SV.
At 192 cms, the Belgrad-born centre back stands tall amongst the league's defenders. The left-footed player started his career at FK Donji Srem, a football club that plays in the third-tier of the Serbian league. After making more than 100 appearances for the club, he secured a move to top-division Serbian club FK Radnički Niš in 2015.
Two years later, after recently helping his former club finish sixth in the Austrian league, Lakic-Pesic has decided to sign for the Yellow Army where he will be coached by former Manchester United man Rene Meulensteen.
The Yellow Army started their pre-season by retaining fan-favourite players CK Vineeth and Sandesh Jhingan. The club followed it up with a decent outing at the ISL player draft, where they picked up the likes of Jackichand Singh and local boy Rino Anto.