Melbourne Victory signs Callum McManaman
Melbourne Victory is pleased to announce it has signed FA Cup-winning winger, Callum McManaman, on a two-year agreement.
McManaman arrives at Victory after playing for more than a decade in England’s Premier League and Championship.
A Merseyside local, McManaman’s professional career commenced at his boyhood club Everton and included the honour of representing England at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The 29-year-old spent seven seasons at Wigan Athletic before stints with West Bromwich Albion, Sunderland and Luton Town.
One of McManaman’s career highlights was being named man-of-the-match in Wigan’s famous 1-0 defeat of Manchester City in the 2013 FA Cup Final.
McManaman said he was incredibly proud to sign with Victory.
“Melbourne Victory is such a big club in Australia with a proud history, and after speaking with Grant I knew this was a great opportunity for my career,” McManaman said.
“I’m really looking forward to getting to Melbourne, I can’t wait to meet my new teammates and putting in the hard work over the pre-season.
“As I said, this is a proud club with a huge supporter base and we all want to help get Victory back up the table. It’s going to take plenty of hard work, but I can’t wait to get started under Grant.”
Victory Head Coach, Grant Brebner, said he was thrilled to sign a player of McManaman’s calibre.
“We are extremely pleased to announce Callum will be joining Melbourne Victory for the 2020/21 season,” Brebner said.
“Callum is a very experienced player who has performed on the biggest stage in the world’s toughest club competition, the English Premier League.
“He’s a wonderful addition to our playing group. Callum works hard both ways, is a proven goal scorer and at only 29 years of age, has plenty of good football ahead of him.
“There’s no question Callum is a very talented player but what he also brings is leadership and a hunger for success. He will play an important role in driving the standards of our playing group on and off the pitch.”
McManaman has secured his visa and travel exemption and is expected to arrive in Melbourne in the coming weeks.