"I really believe in Stipe," Gudelj said, per Voetbal International (h/t Sky Sports). "He is one year older than last year, has more experience and can be of great value for us."

Last season, Perica backed up ADO Den Haag loanee Rydell Poepon and found a niche as a super-sub. 

Poepon returned to ADO and transferred to Valenciennes.

NAC's current centre-forward is 20-year-old Kingsley Boateng, who is a rough diamond.

This increases the chances of Perica transitioning from impact sub to a regular starter under Gudelj. 

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