The Croatian-born midfielder is now an Australian resident, cementing the last steps in an Aussie citizenship journey that would make him a far more attractive proposition to A-league clubs. 

Back plying his trade in Sydney for Marconi Stallions, he believes an A-league return is well within reach, but isn't dismissing the importance of a strong season in the NSW NPL first.

“I want to win the NPL title with Marconi. I want to go as far as we can go in the FFA Cup and cause some Cup upsets," Poljak told

"Then my ambition is to come back into the A-League after that and to have that fresh start again.

“There is no better place for me to be in this league [NPL] than Marconi.

“And I believe my best years at 28 are ahead of me."

Poljak faces stiff competition for an A-League contract, particularly in Sydney where the midfielder is based.

The NPL in NSW has become a cut-throat graveyard for has-beens or those who nearly were, with a plethora of excellent talent now making the league their home. 

However, Poljak's age and over-100 A-League appearances for the Wanderers and Newcastle Jets may set him apart.

“The boys here are very dedicated. There are boys here who’ve played A-League and some young boys whose ambition is to play A-League," he said.

“So there’s a high level of professionalism at this semi-professional club under coach Peter Tsekenis and assistant coach “Flea” [Peter Papoythis].

"[Former Wanderer] Michael Beauchamp is also here. Some great young players and a good attitude from all the players," Poljak says. 

Despite his previous experience at the pinnacle of Croatian football with Dinamo Zagreb, Poljak had a difficult venture to Eastern Europe, only making three league appearances for Romanian club Astra Giurgiu. 

“I have to be honest, after that experience in Romania, a lot of things go through your head and you don’t feel that passion for football anymore," Poljak said.

“But I’m grateful for what football gave me and I can say I’m enjoying my football again.

“It’s an NPL level but there are great players there and great coaches, and I am enjoying it.

“I have a home not far from here [in western Sydney]. The family is happy. 

 “Now, this is where I can see my future, here in Australia.”