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Maclaren returns to A-League with Melbourne City

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 31 Jan 2019


Melbourne City moved towards sorting their attacking woes, signing Australia forward Jamie Maclaren from Darmstadt until 2023. 

Maclaren left the A-League in 2017 yet he was unable to break through at the German club before being loaned out to Hibernian. 

The 25-year-old scored eight league goals last term but the Scottish club have terminated his season-long loan deal for the 2018-19 campaign, allowing him to seal a return to his homeland. 

Maclaren, who has played 12 times for the Socceroos, joins a side sitting fourth in the table and having scored just 21 goals in 16 games, with full-back Ritchie De Laet recently used up front with Bruno Fornaroli out of favour. 

“Jamie is a fantastic signing for us not only for this season but for the future. He’s a proven goalscorer with a lot of talent and experience, and at only 25 years old, he’s still got plenty of upside,” City head coach Warren Joyce said. 

“Jamie’s arrival will provide a big boost to the squad as we head into the back half of the season and most importantly, he’ll give us more of a goal threat.”

Maclaren scored 40 goals in 53 games for Brisbane Roar prior to his move abroad.

“I can’t wait to return to Australia and as a local lad, it’s really exciting to sign for Melbourne City,” he said. 

“It is an ambitious club with a talented group of players and experienced coaching staff. I’m confident and looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together. 

“I’m feeling strong after a good Asian Cup experience, but my focus is now on making an impact in the A-League and I’m looking forward to stepping out in front of the City fans at AAMI Park to show them what I can do.” 



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