After being away from volleyball for almost six months due to a cardiac arrhythmia diagnosis, Serbian national team setter Aleksa Brđović has undergone stress ECG tests and has been cleared for return, according to Zurnal.rs. He is at the moment without a club, as Turkish team Arkas Spor Izmir voided his contract after his diagnosis, but that shouldn’t last long , as he is one of the world’s most exciting young setters, at only 24 years of age and 6’8″ height. He also has a lot of international experience, being a part of Serbia’s squad that won the 2016 FIVB World League.
Here are some excerpts from the interview he gave the Serbian website:
The most difficult period is now behind me, and everything ended in the best way […] I respect the doctors’ opinions because we all know that health is the most important thing. You can only imagine how many times I wanted to fly into the field and play some ball! Thank God, I’ve been waiting for this again. I do not want to recall that I missed. Fortunately, the national team played well, both in the World Cup and at the European Championship, and I’m taking the opportunity to congratulate them on that. As far as club play is concerned, I have to say that the Turks turned out to be extremely correct. They waited until the last moment, even although I was ordered to stop playing for several months. I repeat, it is now in the past. I hope that I will find a serious club by the end of the season, although I have an open offer from Lebanon, from our coach Goran Ilic, who was so nice to me that he gave me a call, when he did not even know if I would be in the court or not […] Even my captain Dragan Stankovic called me, because Lube needed another setter at some point. Some other managers were also interested in me, as Berlin was looking for a setter. In the last days there were some offers, which means they have not forgotten about me. However, at this moment, it is important to prepare myself well. There will be clubs, and I am not thinking about money. If I learned something from this crude lesson, is that health is the most important thing in life.