Goal's Top 20 A-League players: No.4 - Mark Milligan

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Goal counts down the top 20 players currently playing in the A-League, as voted by its Australian journalists


4. MARK MILLIGAN | Melbourne Victory


Age: 32
Nationality: Australian
Position: Central midfielder/defender
A-League apps: 73 (Melbourne Victory), 42 (Sydney FC), 11 (Newcastle Jets)
A-League goals: 14 (Melbourne Victory), 1 (Newcastle Jets)
Other clubs: Shanghai Shenhua (China), JEF United (Japan), Baniyas (UAE)
Achievements:  A-League championship (Sydney 2005-06, Victory 2014-15), A-League premiership (Victory 2014-15), AFC Asian Cup (2015)


WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW


When Mark Milligan joined Melbourne Victory, the club's fans were uneasy because of the significant time he spent playing for arch-rivals Sydney FC.

But a measure of Milligan's impact at the club is the fact he is now considered to have blue-and-white blood coursing through his veins.

The 32-year-old captained Victory to the A-League double during the 2014-15 season and was awarded the Joe Marston Medal as the best player in the grand final win against the Sky Blues.

Mark Milligan Melbourne Victory A-League 2014-15

He has the ability to play a variety of roles across midfield and defence, but centre of the pitch is clearly his best position, where he can impose himself on a contest and drive his team forward.

The only regret for Milligan is that he was unable to secure a move to Championship side Bolton in the off-season because the Socceroos' world ranking prevented him from qualifying for a UK work permit.


2017-18 PROSPECTS


Milligan has only signed a one-year marquee contract, which it makes it likely he will look to head overseas as the conclusion of this season.

He will figure in central midfield for Victory alongside Carl Valeri, but the signing of fellow central midfielder Matias Sanchez means he could be deployed at centre back or right back if Kevin Muscat wishes.

In Mile Jedinak's absence, Milligan will play a crucial role for the Socceroos on the Road to Russia as national team captain.

 

Goal A-League 20:

No.5 - Alex Wilkinson (Sydney FC)

No.6 - James Troisi (Melb Victory)

No.7 - Bruno Fornaroli (Melb City)

No.8 - Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC)

No.9 - Eugene Galekovic (Melb City)

No.10 - Andy Keogh (Perth Glory)

No.11 - Alex Brosque (Sydney FC)

No.12 - Bobo (Sydney FC)

No.13 - Kosta Barbarouses (Melb Victory)

No.14 - Isaias Sanchez (Adelaide United)

No.15 - Luke DeVere (Brisbane Roar)

No.16 - Michael Jakobsen (Melb City)

No.17 - Brendon Santalab (WSW)

No.18 - Michael Zullo (Sydney FC)

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No.19 - Brandon O'Neill (Sydney FC)

No.20 - Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar)

No.3 in Goal's Top 20 A-League players will be named on Wednesday.

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