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Socceroo Milligan joins Melbourne Victory

24 January 2012 05:39

Melbourne Victory have announced exiled Socceroo Mark Milligan as a short-term loan signing from Japanese club JEF United.

Milligan, who was a member of the 2006 and 2010 Australian World Cup squads, has agreed to play for Victory until the end of the A-League season and is looking forward to joining his new club.

"The Japanese season has finished up now, so rather than have an extended break, I was really keen to get back to the A-League and Melbourne Victory was a very attractive option for me," he said.

"Playing overseas really heightens your interest in the domestic game back home, so I've been keeping a close eye on the A-League since I moved away a few years ago, and I'm really excited to be back until the end of the season."

"Hopefully I can help get the club's season back-on-track. The Melbourne Victory fans are the most passionate in the country so it will be great to play in front of them again, only this time as a Victory player."

Victory coach Jim Magilton was thrilled to capture the signature of such a quality player.

"Mark brings a great deal of experience and quality to the squad and we're delighted to have him for the rest of the season," Magilton said.

"He's a versatile player and can do a number of different jobs, so I expect him to be a real asset to the team."

"While we have an array of attacking options, we felt it was imperative to bring in a player like Mark to strengthen our defensive set-up."

The 26-year-old defender has spent the past two seasons at the Japanese second division club after concluding a spell at Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua.

Prior to that he had a short spell with the Newcastle Jets having spent three years at Sydney FC, where he missed the 2006 Grand Final through suspension.

He was regarded well enough to be selected as one of only two A-League players in Guus Hiddink's 2006 World Cup squad, although he never saw any game time in the tournament in Germany.

His Socceroos performances under Graham Arnold in the 2007 Asian Cup drew considerable praise, and he sought out several opportunities in Europe before returning to the A-League.

He was again selected for the 2010 World Cup by Pim Verbeek, but again failed to see any game time and since that point has been overlooked by national coach Holger Osieck.

Milligan's arrival is much needed for a Victory side who were thrashed 4-1 by Perth on Sunday.

Magilton has said he wants new personnel and the Milligan deal is expected to be the first of a few from the club over the coming weeks as they bid to resurrect their season.

Victory also confirmed that they had come to a financial agreement with former marquee player Ricardinho and have now freed up a visa spot on their list.

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