Aston Villa’s Ross McCormack makes surprising move to Australian A-League


Australian A-League side Melbourne City have announced the signing of Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack.

“Melbourne City FC can confirm it has signed Scottish striker Ross McCormack as an injury replacement for Uruguayan striker Bruno Fornaroli,” read part of the announcement on the club’s official website.

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Ross McCormack established himself as a prolific goalscorer in the Championship with Leeds United, where he netted 58 times in 158 appearances. It was during his spell at Elland Road that he won the Golden Boot by scoring 28 goals in the league, the highest return of his career. He went on to win back-to-back Fulham Player of the Year awards in his two-season spell with the club, scoring 42 goals in 100 appearances.

Ross McCormack dropped out of Aston Villa’s squad when manager Steve Bruce revealed he was ‘continually missing training’ and ‘nowhere near fit enough to play’, leading to a loan spell with Nottingham Forest for the second half of 2016/17.

The 31-year-old, who has two goals and 13 caps for Scotland to his name, was nowhere near the level that yielded a Championship Golden Boot award while at Aston Villa or Nottingham Forest.

Ross McCormack joins Patrick Kisnorbo and Neil Kilkenny on the list of former Leeds United players to represent Melbourne City, a club that was taken over by the City Football Group in 2014.

“I’m here to do a job for the team, support my teammates, work hard for the manager and represent the club in the right manner,” said McCormack after signing with the 2016 FFA Cup winners.

“Hopefully I can show the fans what I can offer the team and I’m very excited about being able to represent this city and its fans at a great club.”

Ross McCormack will hope to turn out for his new club in the A-League curtain raiser next Friday at home to Brisbane Roar.


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