Ned looking to settle in Fife

Ned Lukacevic makes his Fife Flyers debut. Fife Flyers v Braehead Clan Saturday December 14, 2013. Pic: Steve Gunn

Ned Lukacevic makes his Fife Flyers debut. Fife Flyers v Braehead Clan Saturday December 14, 2013. Pic: Steve Gunn

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Ned Lukacevic is hoping to find a settled home in Fife after spending the past two years jumping between clubs and countries.

Flyers are Lukacevic’s seventh club in two seasons following brief spells in Sweden, Germany, Slovakia, Japan and most recently North America.

But the 27-year-old Montonegro-born forward insists that his recent past is not a true reflection of his loyalties.

“That’s not a reflection on the kind of person I am,” he told the Press.

“I’m a loyal person and a loyal team mate.

“Not everyone knows certain situations that have happened. The best way to explain it is that I’ve had a lot of frustration over the past two seasons.

“I’m just looking for somewhere that I can stay for a few seasons and make it a home.

“That’s hard in Europe - you don’t always get into good situations.

“I’m just looking to do my best here, make a good impression, and help this team in any way I can.”

While Lukacevic may have had trouble settling in recent years, his CV still makes for impressive reading.

A former NHL draft for the Los Angeles Kings, he has played 112 games in the American Hockey League (AHL) and he is keen to showcase his talents in Fife.

“The fans will see grit, a lot of skill, some flashiness, but playing withing the team,” he said.

“I’ve played a really offensive role wherever I’ve been, but I’m happy to accept whatever role I may be in and do whatever I can to help the team win.”

Lukacevic has replaced Andy Contois in the Flyers line-up, who was released after scoring only once in 21 games.

Despite arriving in Scotland on Saturday morning, Lukacevic made his debut the same night and scored the opening goal in the team’s 7-6 overtime home win over Braehead Clan.

“It was an exciting atmosphere and I was really excited to be part of that game,” he said.

“I’d heard a lot of good reviews about the fans here and it was everything I’d expected.

“I got in early in the morning so it was a long day for me but I was happy to get my first game out the way.

“Everyone made me feel welcome and made the transition really easy.”