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Is Adnan the Man?

Adnan Mravac - better than his sponsor suggests

Who is Matt Mills anyway? OK, maybe it is a little early to get carried away, but the appearance of another trialist of international calibre in Rovers team at Brigg Town last night suggests that Rovers have indeed identified a replacement for the seemingly Reading bound Mills. Bosnian international Adnan Mravac got his first taste of English football at The Hawthorns, Brigg. If he’s still here today after that experience then his career path thus far suggests the signs are positive.

Adnan Mravac is a tall right-footed central defender who began his career in his native Bosnia. If you think you had it hard growing up (sleeping in a box, working twenty hour a day down t’ mine etc) then you’ll have experienced nowt like Adnan Mravac, who was born in Banja Luka, a city at the heart of some of the Bosnian War’s most severe ‘ethnic-cleansing’ in the early 1990s. You don’t get these kind of history lessons on the official club website you know.

Anyway, Mravac began his career with Bosnian side NK Jedinstvo before moving over the border to Croatian side NK Cakovec in 2000. A year later and Mravac was on the move again, heading north to join Norwegian top flight side SK Lillestrom. However, as with Cakovec his appearances were limited for The Birds and he made just nine appearances in a single season in Scandinavia before returning to central Europe.

In 2002 Mravac joined Austrian side SV Mattersburg and over the past seven years has gone on to establish himself as a key player in the Pappelstadion. Mravac has made close to 200 appearances for Mattersburg in that time and has also worked his way onto the international scene as well, winning four caps for Bosnia & Herzegovina. His latest appearance came as a substitute in Bosnia & Herzegovina’s 4-2 World Cup Qualifying win in Belgium in March earlier this year, entering the game on the hour mark with his side 1-0 up.

Since the end of the Austrian season it seems that Adnan Mravachas effectively been touting for a move to the UK and in July he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers for their tour to Australia. And presumably it was Rovers’ healthy relationship with Wolves that led to him arriving at Doncaster this week and being dragged along to North Lincolnshire.

The rest of Rovers line-up at Brigg was very much a blend of youth and more youth, but Mravac did manage to get on the scoresheet in a 4-3 win for Rovers. His 100% goal per game average in the hoops considerably higher than his goal every 63 game record for Mattersburg. Further reports of Mravac’s performance are sketchy to say the least, but the standard at which he has featured, and indeed continues to feature as a now regular member of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s international squad, all points in an encouraging direction.

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About glen wilson

Former schoolboy, Glen Wilson writes on football and travel and has been editor of the award-winning popular STAND fanzine since before the award.

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