Mateo Poljak

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Mateo Poljak
Mateo Poljak WSW Away.jpg
Poljak in Western Sydney Wanderers away strip
Personal information
Full name Mateo Poljak
Date of birth (1989-09-10) 10 September 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Zagreb, Croatia
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career
2000–2008 Dinamo Zagreb
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Lokomotiva 26 (8)
2010–2012 Dinamo Zagreb 0 (0)
2010–2012 Lokomotiva (loan) 60 (4)
2012–2015 Western Sydney Wanderers 66 (3)
2015–2017 Newcastle Jets 50 (3)
National team
2005–2008 Croatia U19 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 September 2009

Mateo Poljak (Croatian pronunciation: [matěo poʎaːk]; born 10 September 1989) is a Croatian professional footballer, who plays for the Newcastle Jets in the A-League.

Club career[edit]

Croatia[edit]

After going through the youth ranks of Dinamo Zagreb, Poljak was moved to their feeder team Lokomotiva Zagreb, then playing in the Druga HNL. After a season there he signed a 7-year contract with the club, which was taken over by Dinamo at the beginning of 2010. He spent the next two and a half seasons on loan at NK Lokomotiva, however, before his contract was terminated in the summer of 2012.

Western Sydney Wanderers[edit]

On 13 August 2012 it was announced that Poljak had signed with the newly formed A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers.[1] He signed an initial two-year contract, set to expire in July 2014. In his first season with Western Sydney, he made 25 appearances, a mainstay of the side's midfield, scoring one goal and helping the Wanderers win the A-League premiership in the club's first season. On 5 September 2013, Poljak signed a two-year extension with the club, the new contract ending mid 2016.[2]

Poljak again in his second season with Western Sydney was a constant starter throughout with his side finishing the league in second position. He was also a part of the side that won the 2014 AFC Champions League, later going on to compete in the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup.

Newcastle Jets[edit]

In 2015, Poljak was not retained by the Wanderers and joined Newcastle United Jets FC.

Personal life[edit]

Poljak is married to Katarina, and has a daughter, Mia.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 1 November 2014
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Club Season League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Croatia League Croatian Cup Europe Total
Lokomotiva 2008–09[4] Druga HNL 26 8 26 8
2009–10[5] Prva HNL 13 2 13 2
2010–11[5] 23 0 0 0 23 0
2011–12[5] 24 2 24 2
Total 86 12 0 0 0 0 86 12
Australia League1 FFA Cup Asia2 Total
Western Sydney Wanderers 2012–13[6] A-League 25 1 25 1
2013–14[6] 22 1 6 1 28 2
2014–15[6] 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Total 49 2 1 0 6 1 56 3
Career total 135 14 1 0 6 1 142 15

1 – includes A-League final series statistics
2AFC Champions League statistics are included in season ending during group stages (i.e. ACL 2014 and A-League season 2013–2014 etc.)

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