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Rabotnichki signs two young Croatians

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Galić, Popovski and Puškarić; photo: RabotnichkiGalić, Popovski and Puškarić; photo: RabotnichkiThe first two reinforcements for Rabotnichki during the January market saw them bring in Marko Puškarić and Ivan Galić.

Even with the loss of head coach/sporting director Igor Angelovski, Rabotnicki is staying true to who they are. Rabotnichki does not have the money to get into bidding wars, so their strategy is all about unearthing hidden gems with untapped potential.

The latest two signings signify that philosophy. Rabotnichki added two little known players from NK Lučko, a club that competes in the second division of Croatia. The players signed are 18-year-old Marko Puškarić and 21-year-old Ivan Galić. Both of them play in attack.

Rabotnichki began their winter camp without two crucial pieces. Bazhe Ilijoski and Stephan Vujčić were free agents who looked for greener pastures. Ilijoski signed for Voluntari in Romania, while Vujčić who joined Shkendija. Despite the two Croats, Rabotnichki also bought Turnovo's midfielder Bojan Najdenov who is supposed to fill in for Vujčić.

Based on early signals in the New Year, Ivan Popovski, the son of Rabotnichki owner Dragan Popovski, has taken a much bigger role after Igor Angelovski left to take over the national team. Igor Popovski is now the sporting director, while Tomislav Franc serves as the head coach. Both of those roles were handled by Angelovski prior to his exit.

Furthermore, it seems nothing will come out of the Japanese investment into the club. Rabotnichki revealed that the event in Tokyo was only a promotion, while the Japanese businessmen made it appear like it was something much more serious. In the end, that all looks to be nonsense with Rabotnichki remaining in the hands of the Popovski family.

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