Aleksandar Prijovic celebrating his goal in the A-League Men Grand Final. (Photo: Western United FC)

In a complete turn of events, it appears that Serbian international Aleksandar Prijovic is set to stay at Western United ahead of the 2022/23 A-League Men season.

The striker has two years remaining on his contract, however has been heavily linked with a loan move back to Europe, in particular Polish giants Legia Warszawa.

These rumours were first seen in July during Prijovic’s family holiday to his home nation of Serbia. He did not speak out at all during this time, so it appeared as mainly speculation with no real backing to the claims.

Despite this, club officials are confident that the club and Aleksander are now on the same page. He arrived back in Melbourne earlier this week and is expected to join his teammates in pre-season shortly.

Prijovic scored 13 goals and produced six assists in the league last season across 27 appearances. He produced a mammoth finals campaign scoring four and assisting one, taking United to A-League Men glory.

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At 32 years of age he still has plenty to give at the level, and his return is sure to be well received by the playing group and the fans.

Western United is amping up its preparation six weeks out from the season despite a shock Australia Cup loss on penalties to NPL side Sydney United.

The champions enjoyed a 6-0 win on Wednesday night in a friendly with St Albans. Other strikers Noah Botic and Dylan Wenzel-Halls both got on the scoresheet and are showing some strong form, so Prijovic won’t just walk back in to the starting squad.

Western United’s championship defence will begin on October 7 at AAMI Park, where it takes on Melbourne City in a mouth watering Grand Final rematch.

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