Melbourne City have signed Socceroos striker and Melbourne-born Jamie Maclaren to revitalise City’s attack after Bruno Fornaroli was frozen out by coach Warren Joyce.
Maclaren joins City from German side, SV Darmstadt 98, and will don the number 29 shirt on a deal set to keep the striker at City until 2023.
The move went to the wire on timing with his previous club Hibs – where he was on loan – needing to line up a replacement striker, while paperwork between the Scottish club, his German parent club and City bounced around the world.
Having notched up a stunning 40 goals in just 53 matches during his time at Brisbane Roar, Maclaren’s impressive goalscoring record will be crucial to City in the second half of the season as the Club looks to rise up to the A-League ladder.
“Jamie is a fantastic signing for us not only for this season but for the future. He’s a proven goalscorer with a lot of talent and experience, and at only 25 years old, he’s still got plenty of upside,” said Joyce.
“Jamie’s arrival will provide a big boost to the squad as we head into the back half of the season and most importantly, he’ll give us more of a goal threat.”
Born in Melbourne, Maclaren began his career in Perth where he made 38 appearances for the Glory before moving east to Brisbane. He then moved across to Bundesliga side, SV Darmstadt 98 in 2017, making seven appearances for the club before being loaned out to the Scottish Premier League’s Hibernian.
Maclaren has also featured for the Socceroos 12 times, scoring his first goal in the 2019 Asian Cup against Palestine.
“I can’t wait to return to Australia and as a local lad, it’s really exciting to sign for Melbourne City. It is an ambitious club with a talented group of players and experienced coaching staff. I’m confident and looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together,” said Maclaren.
“I’m feeling strong after a good Asian Cup experience, but my focus is now on making an impact in the A-League and I’m looking forward to stepping out in front of the City fans at AAMI Park to show them what I can do.”
Maclaren will join up with the City squad in the coming days.