Ross McCormack makes A-League return with Central Coast Mariners

Ross McCormack Aston Villa
The Scottish striker is back in Australia - this time for a full campaign

After starring for Melbourne City on loan last season, Ross McCormack has sealed another stint in Australia with A-League side Central Coast Mariners.

The Aston Villa striker joins Mike Mulvey's side on loan for the 2018-19 season - after scoring 14 goals across 17 appearances for City in their last campaign.

McCormack joins the Mariners on the same day the club announced the signing of Socceroo winger Tommy Oar on a two-year deal.

"I’m really excited to get back to Australia. The standard of football in Australia is a bit overlooked I think – everyone wants to play football the right way and I loved my time with Melbourne. When this chance came, I knew it was the right decision for me," McCormack said.

"When I arrived in Australia for the first time I wasn’t as fit as I would have liked, it was the first time I had moved overseas to be away from my family so coming in this time, I am in a better place and really believe that I will have an impact. 

"I want to come to the Central Coast and belong, I really want to be a part of something. I want to work hard and put myself in the best position to help the team. That’s what will put a smile back on my face. The happier you are in football, it’s going to bring the best out in a player. 

"We need to get the Mariners back up the table, where they belong. Where the Mariners finished last season will not be acceptable this season. We want to be finishing in the finals, give this season a real go and not take a backwards step against any team."

McCormack returned to Villa before the end of the season but couldn't work his way into Steve Bruce's side and has again had to look elsewhere for game time. 

The 13-time Scottish international began his career with Rangers before moving to England with a handful of Championship clubs including Cardiff City, Leeds United and Fulham.

Despite a few lucrative campaigns in the Championship, McCormack has struggled to settle at Villa after joining the club in 2016.

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The 32-year-old is contracted with them until 2020 and his latest move to the Mariners will be his third loan spell in as many seasons. 

McCormack stands to be a vital addition for the Central Coast, who scored the fewest goals last season as they claimed the wooden spoon.

The club has also been in the headlines of late with Olympic star Usain Bolt on trial as he looks to seal a professional football contract.