Adnan Cirak. A name that conjures up images of Ryan McKnight, Darije Kalezic and unnecessary relegation battles. It’s not a name that often brings a smile to the face of a Stockport County supporter.
The striker came to the Hatters in the spring of 2013, with the Hatters perched desperately close to the National League Premier drop zone, as part of McKnight’s totaalvoetbal revolution.
Alongside Javan Vidal and Johan Hammar, and under the tutelage of Kalezic, the out-of-contract Swedish striker was expected to catapult the club up the league and into a brave new world of continental footballing philosophy and direction.
Instead, the striker, and the team in general, struggled to make an impact on the pitch. Although County’s number 19 did score twice for the club in 11 appearances, it was ultimately futile in helping the Hatters avoid relegation.
Cirak left at the end of the season and went on to play for Swedish side IK Frej, in which he averaged a goal every three matches, before moving onto Norwegian side Nesta Sotra IL.
But after only three matches for the second division side, Cirak was again on the move and now currently plies his trade for Elverum in the PostNord-Ligaen 1 (the third tier of Norway’s football pyramid, to you and me).