Whitehawk's New No.7
Whitehawk today announced their squad numbers for the new season. Fernando Olivera was assigned the number 27, Amoroso got number 23 and Lucas Echegaray was handed the number 19 shirt, which was previously assigned to Miodrag Kostic. The Serbian World Cup winner was the only player to have seen a change in shirt numbers, as he was re-assigned to the number 7 shirt. Kostic follows in the footsteps of Ryan Gauld and Kevin Griffiths, the two previous owners of this iconic jersey.
Miodrag grew up in Belgrade, Serbia. His love of football, combined with faith and fortune, saw him play for Partizan Belgrade's junior teams. Youth coaches were impressed with his qualities and he was fast-tracked to the U19s, aged 15. He played regularly at this level before sealing a move to Whitehawk in 2025, at the age of 18. A torn hamstring and a broken ankle plagued his first season at the club but he soon found form the following season, scoring 25 times in a campaign where he played 49 times (starting 27) as a left sided inside forward, or as a central striker.
Miodrag continued to impress current coach Prince William and his eye for goal saw him quickly become a fan favourite. Kostic has been at the heart of the great Whitehawk side which has picked up so many trophies, including four back-to-back league titles and three back-to-back Champions League titles. His record at Whitehawk to date speaks for itself, he's a truly iconic figure at this football club. 246 appearances in all competitions for Whitehawk, scoring 140 goals. At the age of 24, Kostic is just getting started.
Miodrag Kostic: "I love this club with all my heart. Ever since coming here just over six years ago, I have been at home and have loved the football I play. We are a very successful club with great players and staff and I love the fans. They create the best atmosphere in the league and so I am very happy to play for them. We are like a family and everything we do, we do it together.
It is a great honour for me to wear this number seven shirt. It is has great significance to every football club to wear this number and I will treat it no differently. Last season I scored thirty goals, but I want to score more this time. We want to win everything once again and I want to do this jersey justice. The number seven deserves a fantastic player and I hope that the fans will accept my contribution to its legacy when I retire."