Mark Milligan returns


Melbourne Victory is delighted to announce the signing of 2014/15 Premiership and Championship double-winning midfielder, and regular Socceroo, Mark Milligan.

With 81 games (all competitions) in the navy blue already to his name, Milligan will occupy the vacant marquee player slot on the club’s Hyundai A-League roster next season.

Milligan joins fellow Socceroo Rhys Williams and New Zealand international Kosta Barbarouses as new signings to Head Coach Kevin Muscat’s squad.

“To say we’re delighted is an understatement,” Muscat said.

“Mark is a player who loves our club and to be able to secure him for next season is a massive shot in the arm.

“He’s still a pivotal member of the Socceroos set-up and will be an invaluable addition to our squad as we prepare for a busy campaign that also includes AFC Champions League commitments.

“I’m sure our fans will be thrilled with this news as the build up to next season continues.”

Milligan, who has been playing in the Middle East for the past two seasons, shared his coach’s excitement.

“This really couldn’t have worked out any better for me,” he said.

“Playing in the Middle East was a great experience and one I’ll look back on very fondly. It certainly became home for my wife and family.

“When the opportunity to come back to Australia presented, Melbourne Victory was the only choice.”

Milligan will join the rest of the squad at training today when they’re put through their paces at JL Murphy Reserve in Port Melbourne from 1pm.