Confirmed: McKay signs on as Australian marqueePosted: August 11, 2013
Brisbane Roar have this morning confirmed the signing of Socceroo, former captain and foundation player Matt McKay on a two year contract. McKay has signed through the 2014-15 season as the clubs Australian marquee player, thus making his signing outside the salary cap.
Matt of course started out his career in Brisbane with the Strikers, before forming part of the clubs foundation squad in 2005 under Miron Bleiberg. Over the next 5 years he would go on to make a then club record 131 appearances –surpassed by Massimo Murdocca last season-, scoring 18 goals and leading the club to their first ever success in 2011 by leading the club to the double. It was those performances that lead him to become a key part of the Socceroos 2011 Asian Cup campaign and the 2014 World Cup Qualifying campaign, while on the club front Scottish giants Glasgow Rangers signed him in the winter of 2011.
That move didn’t pan out for him, and after spells in Korea with Busan, and China with Changchun –a club were he spent time on loan in 2009- he’s returned to Brisbane to play under Mike Mulvey.
New signing and Australian marquee Matt McKay:
“I’m very happy to be back in Brisbane and back at the Roar. This club and this city is so close to my heart and I’m really looking forward to that moment when I pull on the orange jersey again and walk out onto Suncorp Stadium.”
GM Sean Dobson:
“We are delighted Matt has returned home, a goal we have been working towards for the past 18 months and the timing couldn’t have been better,”
Head coach Mike Mulvey:
“Having a leader like Matt coming into such a competitive team will lift the bar across the whole squad. The fact that Socceroos like Matt are returning to the A-League leading into the most important World Cup for Australian football is testament to the growing strength of the competition.”
A 2 year deal makes a tonne of sense for both the Roar and for Matt, giving Brisbane a fantastic asset in his prime, while also allowing them the flexibility to re-sign him, meanwhile McKay will be getting the football he needs to realise his world cup dream while also setting himself up for life after football. Im sure everyone is happy with this signing in the books, more on what it does in a Footballing sense for the side later, but for now lets just enjoy the fact that arguably the clubs most revered player is back in orange.