Marko Ilich: From Highlanders Residency to Professional Goalkeeper

In a significant move, Marko Ilich, former Highlanders FC goalkeeper has inked his first professional contract with Serbia's FK 1. Maj Ruma. A product of the Highlanders' residency program, Ilich's journey to professional football is marked by hard work, dedication, and an unwavering belief in his abilities

Ilich's development into a professional player was catalyzed by his time with the Highlanders Residency program, where he benefited from comprehensive training and support. "Joining the Highlanders during the COVID-19 pandemic was crucial for me," Ilich remarked, highlighting the role of the club's environment in his growth. His efforts culminated in being named VISL goalkeeper of the year in 2023 and training with Pacific FC in the preseason of that same year.

Thomas Niendorf, Highlanders Residency coach, praised Ilich's commitment and progress. "Marko's journey from our program to a pro contract showcases his dedication and our club's emphasis on nurturing talent," Niendorf stated.

Ilich credits his time in Victoria with teaching him independence and resilience, vital traits for his professional career. As he steps into the professional arena with FK 1. Maj Ruma, Ilich reinforces the success of the Highlanders' youth system in fostering talent.

The Victoria Highlanders Football Club congratulates Ilich on this milestone and looks forward to his continued impact in the football world.