Baby come back, any kind of fool could see there was something in everything about you.Baby come back, you can blame it all on me, I was wrong, and I just can’t live without you. Those are the lyrics to Player’s 1977 hit song Baby Come Back, but with A-League players in 2018 that quote has never been more relevant. The wheels on the A-League bus has continued to go around with Perth Glory re-re-signing defender Dino Djulbic despite having player for Melbourne Victory less than two weeks ago. With this signing Djulbic equals an A-League record, and there’s no prizes for guessing which record that is.
Dino Djulbic is just the second player in A-League history to have three different spells at the one club. The Bosnian-born central defender made his debut for the club in the 2007-08 season and made 27 appearances before leaving in 2009. He returned in 2014 and went on to make 58 appearances before leaving the club at the end of last season. If he stays at Perth for 15 more matches (he is contracted until the end of next season) he could become the ninth player to play 100 matches for the club.. something he could’ve already accomplished.
The only other player to be signed to one club three times is Labinot Haliti. He made his debut for the Newcastle Jets in 2005 and left in 2007, before returning in 2009 and leaving in 2012, before returning for the third and final time in 2015.
Kosta Barbarouses is a player who likes coming and going. He has had two different spells for two different clubs, Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne Victory.
While more than 30 other players have had two different stints at the same club.
Outs: 3.Dino DJULBIC (released)
When did that happen? Played as many games as his shirt number!
— Roy (@roy613) 18 January 2018
Dino Djulbic leaves Perth Glory at the end of last season. Returns to Australia in January, plays 3 games for Melbourne Victory and now is going to Perth Glory again. The most A-League thing ever.
— Enda Higgins (@endahiggins88) 22 January 2018
So Dino Djulbic was let go at the end of the 16/17 season by Perth Glory and 8 months later, at age 34, re-signs with the Glory until the end of 18/19.
I love Dino, but that is a damning indictment on the league and the club.
— Ben Smith (@BenSmith94) 22 January 2018
Djulbic back to Glory.
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— Kevin Airs (@KevinAirs442) 22 January 2018