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Socceroos midfielder joins Melbourne City

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After over a decade in England, Neil Kilkenny has decided to try his luck in the A-League

Melbourne City have strengthened their midfield with the signing of former Australia international Neil Kilkenny on a two-year deal.

Kilkenny, who has played 14 times for the Socceroos, believes the return to the country where he grew up comes at a “perfect time”, while City coach John van ‘t Schip paid tribute to the experience and leadership the midfielder will add.

After three seasons with Preston North End, Kilkenny has joined City on a free transfer.

“I have always wanted to challenge myself in the A-League and this move has come at the perfect time,” the 30-year-old said in a statement.

“I’m excited to be playing for a team that plays a certain style of football.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge and the adventure and everything that surrounds this move and I can’t wait to start.”

Kilkenny is City’s fifth recruit since the end of the 2015-16 A-League season and after a decade of playing in various divisions in England, the versatile England-born midfielder could be one of the signings of the new campaign.

Van ‘t Schip certainly thinks so.

“We have followed Neil’s progress and believe he is the type of player who can fit into our system and execute the way we want to play,” the Dutch coach said.

© 2016 Goal | This article was written by Michael Huguenin and appeared on the Goal website on 19th July, 2016


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