A-League club Brisbane Roar have secured their former skipper Matt McKay on a two-year deal as their Australian marquee player.

Socceroo McKay signs with Roar

August 11, 2013
By Guy Hand

Socceroo Matt McKay is coming home to A-League club Brisbane Roar.

The former Roar skipper, who led the club to the first of its back-to-back grand final wins in 2011, has signed a two-year deal as Brisbane's Australian marquee player.

Raised in Queensland and having played most of his soccer there, McKay left the Roar for stints in Scotland, Korea and latterly with China's Changchun Yatai.

"I'm very happy to be back in Brisbane and back at the Roar," McKay said in a club statement on Sunday.

"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."

Despite struggling at club level, McKay has been a valuable member of the Socceroos' march to next year's World Cup finals in Brazil - currently Australia's first-choice left-back.

The 30-year-old is almost certain to revert to his preferred central midfield role for the Roar.

Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey said McKay's leadership and knowledge of the club would be invaluable when the new season starts in October.

"Having a leader like Matt coming into such a competitive team will lift the bar across the whole squad," Mulvey said.

McKay will join his teammates for training on Monday.


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