After securing promotion to the First League, Pelister has strengthened itself with the signing of 6 players.
Goalkeeper Pece Korunovski, versatile defender Toni Veljanoski, left back Kire Stepanovski, central defender Dejan Leskaroski and offensive midfielder Blagojche Ruteski are among the new Pelister signings. Except for Leskaroski, all of the other players actually return to Pelister after playing for the club earlier in their careers.
Besides the players, Pelister also has a new manager this season in Gorazd Mihailov, also the coach of the Macedonian women’s national team. Mihailov has spent parts of his managerial career in Iceland and certainly knows the qualities of Marko Pavlov, the sixth player who has joined the club from Bitola during the summer transfer window. He plays in midfield and has also been capped by the Macedonian U21 team in the past. Pavlov was once a highly regarded prospect who featured in Spain for Real Beti’s reserve team, but now has joined up with Pelister.
Pelister also expects a decision in the near future from Blagojche Glavevski who has been offered a contract. Glavevski promised the club that he will sign for them if he can’t secure a desirable offer from abroad. If he does indeed sign with Pelister, that should be the club’s final signing. With experienced names, most born in Bitola with Pelister as their first club, along with talented youngsters such as Tome Kitanovski, Hristijan Dragarski, Filip Milenkovski, Burhan Mustafov, Aleksandar Anastasov and Aleksandar Veljanovski, Pelister should experience some much needed stability this upcoming season. The club is currently being transformed into a joint stock company with the help of the municipality of Bitola.
Pelister has played one friendly match so far, against third league side Rabotnik which they won convincingly 4:0. Their next friendly is scheduled for today against Novaci at 18.00 CET.