McDonald, 35, was a lethal striker for the Bhoys in his heyday with the hoops 10 years ago, but was still scoring one every other game for Partick Thistle since coming out of retirement to join the Jags in February.

Although notoriously never finding the back of the net for the Socceroos in 26 games, he was previously linked with a move to Western Sydney Wanderers but the deal fell through.

Today McDonald admitted that the lure of a A-League debut has always been in the back of his mind and it was the opportunity to also build success at a new club that eventually brought him home.

“In the last few years my mind has always been about returning home. I flirted with a few offers from Hyundai A-League clubs and came close in the past, but the circumstances were not right,” McDonald said.

“The opportunity to come home to Melbourne and be part of a new club was just the right thing to do. It’s very much about the right place and the right time for myself and my young family."


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He added: "I know I’m in the twilight of my career, but I have been asked by the coaches to come and help them bond together a competitive team for our inaugural season.

“I will be 36 by the time the new season kicks off, but I am strong and determined to give back to the fans. I want to score goals and I know I will."

WUFC assistant coach John Anastasiadis said McDonald’s experience will be key to the club’s success.

“We are very fortunate to secure such a great striker for next year. I played as a striker over- seas, so I appreciate what Scott has done over his 20-year career,” Anastasiadis said.

“Scott’s experience in the dressing room will be priceless and the young boys we have should be absorbing as much as they can. We now have a good blend of experience with Scott as well as raw talent in the likes of Apostolos Stamatelopoulous.”


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