Melbourne City confirm Maclaren A-League return


Melbourne City have finally got their man, confirming the signing of Socceroos striker Jamie Maclaren until 2023.

City have been hot on the heels of the 25-year-old as a striker to replace sidelined forward Bruno Fornaroli, and have landed Maclaren on a long-term deal.

"Jamie is a fantastic signing for us not only for this season but for the future," head coach Warren Joyce said in a statement.

"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.

"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."

His Scottish loan club Hibernian released Maclaren to German parent club Darmstadt on the final day of the transfer window after the Australian expressed a "desire to move closer to home".

The former Brisbane Roar forward was keen to return to the A-League and will link with his new teammates in coming days.

"I can't wait to return to Australia and as a local lad," he said.

"I'm feeling strong after a good Asian Cup experience, but my focus is now on making an impact in the A-League."

The 12-time Socceroo will make his City debut against Adelaide United next Saturday at AAMI Park.

In other A-League transfer news, new franchise Western Melbourne Group have reportedly signed former Greece international Panagiotis Kone as their inaugural marquee signing.

The 31-year-old was trumpeted by Western Melbourne Group chief Lou Sticca.

"Kone will be a great ambassador for our new club, for the A-League and for the respected and substantial number of Victorians of Greek heritage," Sticca told News Corp.

Source AAP