ROSS SO KEEN TO BE A HIT DOWN UNDER
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.
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