By Richard Parks
Aston Villa forward Ross McCormack has completed a loan move to Melbourne City, it was announced on Friday.
The Australian club announced on their official Twitter account on Friday that they had secured the temporary signing of the playmaker, 31, until January.
We are pleased to announce the signing of forward Ross McCormack! #WelcomeRoss
— Melbourne City FC (@MelbourneCity) September 28, 2017
This will be McCormack’s second loan spell away since he joined Villa from Fulham for £12million last summer.
He fell foul of manager Steve Bruce after missing training and was shipped out to Nottingham Forest, where his form failed to improve under the charge of Mark Warburton.
Since returning to the West Midlands, the 13-times Scotland international has made just two appearances, both of which coming in the League Cup after being omitted from every single matchday squad in the Championship.
At Melbourne, McCormack will reunite with two players from his former club Leeds, Patrick Kisnorbo and Neil Kilkenny.
Football Insider Verdict
McCormack has to go down as one of the worst signings Aston Villa have made – and they have made a few of those in recent years. They will not get back anywhere near the £12million they spent on him but the move Down Under gives the frozen-out forward a chance to rediscover his form and fitness. With McCormack due to return in January, it is likely he will be sold permanently at that point, assuming Villa can find somewhere willing to pay his £45,000-a-week wages.
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