York United Inks Liechtenstein International Dennis Salanovic
The first brand new signing brought in by the new York United ownership is none other than former Liechtenstein Footballer of the Year Dennis Salanovic.
The 27-year-old winger will embark to Canada after having tallied plenty of intriguing European experience within the borders of Spain, Croatia, Switzerland, and Finland, with the former Atletico Madrid youth prospect now inking a one-year contract at York Lions Stadium with a club option for 2025.
Salanovic – capable of playing on both sides of the flank – most recently plied his trade for Spanish lower league side CF Talavera, though he will be best known both for his strong national team pedigree and a four-year spell with FC Thun back when they were in the Swiss top flight.
The Liechtensteiner boasts quite a strong national team background: having made his debut for the country when he was just 18, Salanovic has earned some 58 caps in the time since, tallying four goals and recently suiting up against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo in the UEFA Euro qualifiers. In 2019, he was awarded the Liechtenstein Footballer of the Year award by the Liechtenstein Football Association.
The 27-year-old – who also holds heritage from Bosnia and Herzegovina – will be hoping to settle after the last two seasons saw him on the move quite frequently. He made a loan from FC Thun to Finnish top flight side AC Oulu permanent in 2022 before transitioning to FC Lahti, with a jump to Spanish third-tier team CF Talavera coming last year.
Similarly to Halifax midfielder Lorenzo Callegari, his current stature hints at a high ceiling for someone who had once graced the development system of Atletico Madrid, where Salanovic earned a first-team preseason stint and trained alongside the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Arda Turan.
Having now tallied nearly 200 professional senior appearances, he’s established himself as a strong dribbler who can offer Martin Nash a good amount of versatility on the flanks. While the last few seasons saw him pick up a few knocks, there’ll be high hopes he can hit the ground running in Canada’s top flight.
“Dennis has got a wide-ranging skillset that really appealed to us,” said Nash on the club’s latest signing. ,” says York United FC head coach Martin Nash, who describes Salanovic as a technical player who can find pockets behind opposition lines.
The Nine Stripes loosed veteran winger Michael Petrasso this offseason, with Salanovic now arriving as just the second international locked into the books after the side secured the return of Liberian international Brem Soumaoro.
Header Image Photo Credit: Liechtenstein Football Association