I am really happy to be here and have settled in nicely.Matija Sarkic
The 24-year-old goalkeeper joins on a season-long loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Sarkic’s arrival follows a successful trial period during Blues’ ongoing pre-season schedule, featuring in matches against Cheltenham Town, Barrow AFC and Northampton Town.
This will be the stopper’s sixth loan move to date, having racked up noteworthy experience at various levels after graduating through Anderlecht’s youth system. From Brussels, he moved to the claret part of the Second City in 2017 and was given opportunities with Wigan Athletic, Stratford Town, Havant & Waterlooville and Livingston.
His time in Scotland, where he recorded seven clean in sheets in 18 appearances during the first-half of the 2019/20 season, was his last on loan from Blues’ neighbours before signing for Wolves on a three-year deal last summer.
Since arriving at Molineux, Sarkic’s development has continued courtesy of being loaned to Shrewsbury Town. In Shropshire he appeared 29 times, recording a clean sheet in over a third of his outings for Steve Cotterill’s team in the 2020/21 campaign.
Now, with his stay at Blues made official, Sarkic is ready to continue the hard work that brought him here and told BluesTV:
“I am delighted to be here and have settled in really well with the lads. I know a few of the boys already from previous clubs so I am really happy to be here and have settled in nicely.
“I got the shout that the Gaffer wanted to look at me and I said yes straight away because I back myself. It was an obvious decision for me to come and show what I can do, and it has paid off.
“I think of myself as a goalkeeper as someone that has a lot of presence, I like to command players around me and my box. I also like to play with my feet and helping out players when they need it. I want to be a positive impact on the team and help us get plenty of positive results.”
Welcome to Blues, Matija!