Emerging Caltex Socceroos centre-back makes loan switch

Highly-rated Australian defender Aleksandar Susnjar has joined seven-time Slovak champions MSK Zilina on a sixth-month loan from Mlada Boleslav.

The 22-year-old centre-back links up with the Fortuna Liga outfit in search of regular first-team opportunities in Europe.

Susnjar, who debuted for the Caltex Socceroos in March, has already been earmarked as a potential leader among Jaroslav Kentos' youthful squad.

He will wear the number 16 shirt vacated by David Hancko, who was snapped up by Fiorentina in June.

"Even before I came here I learned about the history of Zilina, which is really rich," Susnjar told his new club's website.

Aleksandar Susnjar
Susnjar featured against Norway earlier this year.

"It's the most successful club in the league and although it currently has a young team, the guys work hard in every training session, which I like.

"It's definitely a step forward for me. I'm at a club with high ambitions."

Born in Perth, Susnjar was named on Australia's preliminary 32-man list for the FIFA World Cup™ in Russia.

The left-footer came to prominence with a string of impressive performances for the Olyroos at the 2018 AFC U23 Championship.