Steven Lustica playing for Western Sydney Wanderers in 2017
|Full name||Steven Peter Lustica|
|Date of birth||12 April 1991|
|Place of birth||Canberra, Australian Capital Territory|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Central midfielder|
|Western Sydney Wanderers|
|2008–2009||Sydney FC Youth|
|2009–2011||Gold Coast United|
|2009–2011||Gold Coast United||4||(0)|
|2012||→ Dugopolje (loan)||10||(1)|
|2013||→ Brisbane Roar (loan)||12||(2)|
|2016–||Western Sydney Wanderers||7||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 April 2017.
- 1 Club career
- 2 Career statistics
- 3 Honours
- 4 References
- 5 External links
On 24 April 2009, it was confirmed that Lustica had been signed by Gold Coast United, after impressing United's assistant coach, Paul Okon, during his tenure as under-18s coach at the Australian Olympic Youth Festival.
On 25 January 2012 it was announced that Lustica would join Croatian 2. HNL side NK Dugopolje for the second half of the 2011–12 season. Lustica made 10 appearances for Dugopolje, scoring one goal and assisting the club in achieving promotion to Prva HNL as they beat NK Pomorac Kostrena to the 2. HNL Championship by one point. Lustica returned to Hajduk Split at the conclusion of Dugopolje's season.
Brisbane Roar (loan)
On 26 January 2013, Brisbane Roar in the Australian A-League signed Lustica on a loan deal which would see him stay at the club until the end of the 2012–13 A-League season. Prior to his signing, Brisbane were having a disappointing season, losing 10 of their opening 17 games of the season and picking up just 17 points. Reunited with former coach Mike Mulvey, Lustica would help turn around Brisbane's season. The club lost only two league games in the remaining 10 games of the regular season, qualifying for the post-season Finals, a feat which looked unlikely after the first two thirds of the season. Despite the Roar being interested in retaining Lustica, Hajduk Split refused to release him and he returned to Hajduk in June 2013. Luštica scored two goals in his 12 appearances on loan with Brisbane.
In September 2013, Hajduk Split changed their mind about releasing him and Lustica was granted a release from his contract which allowed him to return to the A-League with Adelaide United where he agreed a one-year contract for the 2013–14 season. Lustica impressed in his appearances for United, earning himself a place in the Team of the Week in Round 13.
Departure from Adelaide United
Lustica's time at Adelaide was to be short-lived however, when on 29 January 2014 he requested an early termination to his contract in order to make himself available to former club Brisbane Roar. As Lustica entered the final six months of his contract, he was in negotiations with Adelaide over a one-year extension. According to Adelaide, an agreement was reached in principal but not formalised. Around the same time, Brisbane approached him and an enquiry was made as to whether Adelaide would consider releasing him to join the club immediately, which Adelaide refused. Following this, Adelaide head coach Josep Gombau reported that Lustica had failed to attend training and declared that Lustica was no longer welcome at the club. Lustica was subsequently released from contract with Adelaide United on 2 February 2014.
Return to Brisbane Roar
On 4 February 2014, it was announced that Lustica had re-signed with former club, Brisbane Roar until the end of the 2015–16 season. Lustica scored his first return goal for Brisbane Roar against the Newcastle Jets in a Round 6 clash which ended in a 4–0 victory for Roar, courtesy of an Henrique hattrick. He scored another goal in the 5–4 battering of Roar against Sydney FC. He rounded off his fairly prolific goalscoring season with a hattrick in a 6–1 win against the Central Coast Mariners at Suncorp Stadium, also providing an assist for Brandon Borrello. The first season of his second spell at the club, Lustica made 25 appearances, scoring five goals and notching two assists.
Lustica opened his goal tally for the 2015–16 season netting a composed finish against the Wellington Phoenix, a 2–1 win to the Roar, as they braved hot conditions in Cairns. At the conclusion of the season, Brisbane Roar decided not to offer Lustica a new contract.
Western Sydney Wanderers
- As of 7 September 2017
|Gold Coast United||2009–10||A-League||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Gold Coast total||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||0|
|Hajduk Split||2011–12||Croatian First Football League||10||1||1||0||0||0||11||1|
|Hajduk Split total||22||1||3||0||2||0||27||1|
|Dugopolje (loan)||2011–12||Croatian Second Football League||10||1||0||0||0||0||10||1|
|Brisbane Roar (loan)||2012–13||A-League||12||2||0||0||1||0||13||2|
|Western Sydney Wanderers||2016–17||A-League||7||1||3||0||2||1||12||2|
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- Strahija, Ivana; Dubravac, Ante (8 June 2011). "Miličević i Luštica potpisali za Hajduk". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 8 June 2011.
- Lustica lands for Brisbane FootballAustralia.com
- Ferreira and Petratos join Roar FootballAustralia.com
- "Reds snare Lustica for Season 9". Adelaide United FC. Football Federation Australia. 2014-01-06. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
- "Team of the Week: Round 13". Damien Bellemore. Football Federation Australia. 2013-09-10. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
- "Adelaide United agree to release Steven Lustica". Sacha Pisani. Sportal. 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
- "Steven Lustica returns to Roar". Football Federation Australia. 4 February 2014.
- "Roar release midfield duo". Football Federation Australia. 3 May 2016.
- "Midfielder signs for Western Sydney Wanderers". A-League. Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
- Steven Lustica at Soccerway