Stefan Colovic’s time as a Dundalk player came to an end last week when he completed a move to Serbian SuperLiga club FK Čukarički for an undisclosed fee.
The Argus had exclusively revealed that the winger could be on his way out of Oriel Park earlier this month just one year into a two year deal having signed from Proleter Novi Sad last February.
The 26-year-old departs having made just 25 appearances for the club, scoring once from the penalty spot in the 3-1 defeat away to Sligo Rovers in August and contributing five assist.
His legacy of being arguably the most expensive deal in the club’s history means that Colovic being offloaded from the wage bill is something of a coup for a club who have been more wary in recent months of handing out lavish deals.
Speaking after completing his move back to Serbia, however, Colovic said he “couldn’t take” the loneliness of living in Ireland having been isolated here for several months after the league was halted just days after his debut away in the 4-0 win away to Finn Harps in Ballybofey back in March.
“Everyone asks me why I came back but I had to, I couldn’t take it anymore,” said Colovic.
“I went from Proleter to the Republic of Ireland out of a desire to change something. I needed new challenges. I spent the best three years in Proleter but I was fed up.
“An offer arrived from Dundalk, the conditions were good and there was no reason for me not to leave but I was literally alone for 10 months because of Covid.
“No one could come to me because the whole country was locked down. I literally went crazy. I wasn’t interested in money anymore, absolutely nothing, just to leave.
“In addition, I realised that I could not go anywhere further from that league. You just play there and that’s it. I was no longer satisfied.
“I met a lot of good people (in Dundalk) but if someone had told me before the trip to Ireland that it would be like that, I would not have accepted the offer.
“There is no point in struggling and being unhappy. I wanted to go back to my country and play football. I feel our league is a better standard. Players should not leave Serbia at any cost, although I understand when they leave because the situation is difficult.
“In Ireland there are two or three teams, the others are weak. It is not easy to play in Ireland, you are constantly pressing, running.
Colovic’s new club FK Čukarički currently sit fourth in the Serbian SuperLiga table and are next in action competitively on February 6th when they travel to face 16th placed Indija when the former Dundalk man will be hoping to make his debut.