The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Dan Barnes

ROSS McCor­mack has set his sights on get­ting his ca­reer back on the straight and nar­row after join­ing Mel­bourne City on loan from As­ton Villa.

The 31-year-old striker, capped 13 times by Scot­land, fell out of favour at Villa Park last sea­son and was dropped by Steve Bruce in Jan­uary for ‘his at­ti­tude and con­tin­u­ally miss­ing train­ing’.

McCor­mack, who ranks as Villa’s joint third-most ex­pen­sive sign­ing of all time fol­low­ing his £12m move from Ful­ham at the start of last sea­son, is ex­pected to link up with his new Aus­tralian club, who are man­aged by for­mer Wi­gan boss War­ren Joyce, on Mon­day and could make his de­but against Bris­bane Roar on Oc­to­ber 6.

“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 the front­man.

“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.”

McCor­mack won the Cham­pi­onship golden boot after scor­ing 29 goals in all com­pe­ti­tions in the 2013-14 sea­son and he has twice been nar­rowly pipped to the league’s player of the sea­son award – at the end of that boun­ti­ful cam­paign with Leeds United and also after notch­ing 23 times for Ful­ham in 2015-16.

But after things soured for him at Villa, he was spent the sec­ond half of last sea­son on loan at Not­ting­ham For­est.

For­mer Manch­ester United re­serve boss Joyce be­lieves reck­ons that McCor­mack will be a hit in Mel­bourne, fill­ing the boots of Uruguayan striker Bruno Fornaroli, who has been ruled out un­til after Christ­mas with an an­kle in­jury.

“I’m sure the fans will be ex­cited by Ross’ po­ten­tial and we hope to get him right and avail­able as soon as pos­si­ble,” said Joyce.

SWITCH: Ross McCor­mack

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