Curcic Set For Pompey Training Spell

Last updated : 29 January 2004 By Mark Heys
Former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Sasa Curcic has joined Premiership rivals Portsmouth for a training spell in a bid to boost his fitness and possibly pave a way for a return to English football.

The 31-year old Serbian cost Wanderers a record £1.5 million when moving from Partizan Belgrade in October 1995 and was a revelation during the club's first spell in the Premiership in the 1995-1996 season. In 28 appearances he hit 4 goals including a contender for goal of the season in a 3-2 defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

However following the club's relegation in 1996 he made a £4 million move to Aston Villa but wasn't able to command a regular first team place at Villa Park. He later admitted that leaving Bolton was a wrong move and that he was badly advised by a football agent to move from Burnden Park. He moved on from Villa in 1998 and had spells with Crystal Palace, Motherwell and the New York/New Jersey Metrostars in the USA.

After failed trial spells with Tranmere Rovers and Barnsley he moved back to his homeland in 2001 to join the Belgrade based club Obilic where he remained until 2002 when he stated that he had retired from football to concentrate on chasing women. However Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric knows the former Yugoslavian international well and has offered him the chance of a return to Britian.