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Simon Sluga

Goalkeeper

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Biography

Date of birth

17/03/1993

Height

185 cm

Signed

19/07/2019

Country

Croatia

The Hatters broke a 30-year transfer record when they signed Simon Sluga from Croatian top flight side HNK Rijeka for a guaranteed fee of over €1.5 million in July 2019.

The 26-year-old Croatia international put pen to paper on a three-year contract, with the Hatters board agreeing to smash the previous highest fee paid to sign Lars Elstrup in 1989.

Simon spent time as a youth in the academy at Italian giants Juventus, with many of the Town lads already familiar with the 6ft 3in stopper, having come up against him in the pre-season friendly played against Europa League qualifiers Rijeka in Slovenia in 2018.

Sluga – who won the domestic league title with Rijeka in 2016-17 and played in the subsequent two-legged Europa League win over AC Milan – has lifted the Croatian League Cup for the second time and made his debut for the World Cup runners-up last summer.

He has since gone onto play for his country once more, coming up against Georgia earlier on this season.

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