BOJANA Todorovic has captured the hearts of Filipino volleyball fans and the feeling has become mutual, but better not keep your hopes up for a return by the Philips Gold import next season.
Moments after she and Philips Gold salvaged third place in the PSL Grand Prix by turning back Cignal, 23-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-17, at the Imus Sports Complex on Saturday, the 24-year-old revealed a return to the Super Liga is unlikely as she plans to retire in the near future.
Todorovic said she plans to play out her final season in Puerto Rico before shifting her focus on her masters’ degree in Sports Management at California State University, Long Beach as she looks forward to life after volleyball.
“I’m looking to play one more season in Puerto Rico (from) January to April (next year). I think hopefully I get a good contract (but) if that doesn’t happen then I go home and I have my masters (degree) to finish I have six more months in Sports Management,” she said.
“So maybe PR (press relations), maybe management, may be marketing, we’ll see," she said when asked what she looks forward to doing away from the volleyball court. "But this is definitely my last year playing volleyball so I’ll be done May for sure.”
The likeable spiker, who won the 2011 NCAA title with University of California-Los Angeles, said she is ready for the next step in her life.
“That’s not a bad thing, that’s not a sad thing,' she said of retirement. "I’m ready for the next step in my life.”
Explaining her decision, Todorovic said, “At least in the United States, the longer you stay away from the working world, the harder it is to get a job later and I can only play as much as my body would carry me."
As a parting shot, Todorovic said coming to the Philippines was the best decision she made in her career.
“I’m just happy I got a chance to play in the Philippines, this is probably the best decisions I ever made,” she said with a wide smile on her face.
“A little bit of my agent pushing me, saying, 'You can still play, do it, you’re still young trust me.' And I say, okay. And then I got here it’s been amazing. I love it here.”