Mark Milligan set for European move

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The Socceroos defender looks like he may finally get his chance to shine in Europe

After mutually terminating his contract with Saudi Arabian club Al-Ahli, a move to Europe now looks most likely for Socceroos defender Mark Milligan.

While a return to Melbourne Victory has inevitably been suggested, Milligan might finally get his chance to play in Europe.

The 32-year-old was close to a move there last year but was held back by passport issues with a final chance to play in the continent now on the cards. 

“It looks like I’ll be going to Europe somewhere, I’ll explore all those avenues" Milligan told the Herald Sun.

"I’ve had a few offers and I’ll just weigh up my options."

If his performances at the World Cup are anything to go by, Milligan certainly wouldn't look out of place in the English Championship where a number of Aussies have impressed in recent years.

Both Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers have been linked to fellow Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury in recent weeks with Milligan potentially grabbing their interest too. 

Milligan was transferred to Al-Ahli midway through last season and went on to make 17 appearances for the club, which ended the Pro-League in second.

Though playing a key role in the Socceroos defence in Russia, Milligan found himself on the outer at the side when he returned with both deciding it was best to part ways. 

“We had some talks and it became clear I wasn’t in the coach’s plans," he said.

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"When I was on my way to the World Cup, they signed a new coach.

"I didn’t seek any payout, the club were very good to me."

After being one of Australia's best at the World Cup, Milligan remains undecided on his future in the national team with a move to Europe potentially decisive in whether he does play on in the green and gold. 

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