Adelaide United FC’s continues to shape its squad for next season with striker Bruce Djite the latest to agree to terms on a new two year contract.
The 25 year old with 75 games of Hyundai A-League experience and 22 goals to his name can see exciting times ahead at the Reds and is more than happy to remain an Adelaide United player until at least the end of the 2014/15 season.
Djite’s new deal comes after he spent two years at the Reds between 2006 and 2008 before he left to ply his trade in Turkey, which was followed by a stint in China and then with the now defunct Gold Coast United.
In his first spell at the Reds, Djite quickly became somewhat of a cult figure among the United faithful. Fast forward to today and Djite says that continued support of the fans, together with the squad that the club is assembling, made the decision easy about where he wanted to continue his football.
“I look at the squad now and I remember welcoming guys like Eugene (Galekovic) and Cassio with open arms when they first came to the club, so obviously I love the place, the fans have been fantastic, the team is superb and I think that’s a big thing, when you’ve got so many good players you want to be part of that,” Djite said.
“Having good players attracts good players as well. I think we can achieve some special things in the next few years and I think we’re definitely on the right track.”
“If I’m going to stay in the A-League I think this the club to be at.”
Already comprising a list of achievements including a Hyundai A-League Rising Star Award, Gold Coast United’s leading goal scorer in 2010/11, Adelaide United joint leading scorer in 2007/08, plus nine caps for the Qantas Socceroos, Djite believes he is yet to still fully hit his straps.
“I still think there’s a lot more to come and hopefully I’ll hit my best within these next two years,” Djite said.
Reds Coach John Kosmina, who initially signed Djite to the Reds back in March 2007, agrees, and admires what the robust forward brings to the squad, both as a player and a person on and off the field.
“He’s been an asset for the club and a bit of an unsung hero,” Kosmina said.
“I think he’s matured as a person a hell of a lot since he first arrived at the club as a 20 year old, he’s got good leadership skills and I still think his best football is in front of him.”
The announcement of Djite’s re-signing follows Jeronimo Neumann and Fabio Ferreira to have inked two year contract extensions with the club in the last week.