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Former Home United star Stipe Plazibat is ready to embark on the next chapter of his career after his contract with Bangkok Glass was officially terminated.

Plazibat had a brilliant 2017 for Singaporean outfit Home United, netting 37 goals in all competition as they finished third in the S.League (now Singapore Premier League) and reached the AFC Cup ASEAN Zone final.

His prolific displays in front of goal earned him a move to Thai League 1’s Bangkok Glass, although it was a move that soon turned into a nightmare.

Despite Plazibat being their first foreign signing for the 2018 season, the Glass Rabbits went on to sign and register another five import players, rendering the Croat ineligible to play for them in a competitive fixture.

However, Plazibat’s ill-fated move to the Leo Stadium finally ended on May 31 when his contracted was officially terminated by the club.

Despite the ordeal, the 28-year-old – who is currently back in Croatia to get married – remains upbeat over his future and is open to any offers now that he is a free agent.

“Even in this situation, I remain motivated because I’m still young and I don’t want to quit football as a result of this past five months,” Plazibat told FOX Sports Asia in an exclusive interview.

“In fact, I feel like I’m improved a lot in terms of fitness and my understanding of the game because, even just in training sessions, the quality was of a higher level.

“I tried to use this time to improve myself and I feel stronger than I was before, so I didn’t lose much except for playing time.”

Given the success he had before, the Singapore Premier League could shape up as a possible destination, along with the Malaysia Super League.

Plazibat would also consider staying in Europe if an offer came his way, but has not ruled out anything just yet.

“Yeah, why not?” he replied, when asked about a return to Singapore, or Southeast Asia as a whole.

“I’ve already been there before for two and a half years so it’s definitely an option I will consider, as well as Europe, as I need to choose what is best for me.”

Behind Plazibat’s mild-mannered demeanour is a driven individual who remains determined not to be demoralised by his brief spell at Bangkok Glass.

“It was a difficult situation because, after a wonderful 2017, I just wanted to go to Thailand and continue my good form,” added the Split native.

“But, after everything that happened, of course I was very disappointed and I didn’t think too much about football because I was feeling very stressed.

“So, we decided to terminate my contract and I came back to Croatia to relax my mind a little and – of course – get married!

“In the meantime, some offers will come in and then we’ll see what my next move is.”