Villa's McCormack agrees City deal as Fornaroli replacement

It took some persuasion, but Melbourne City has convinced Scottish international Ross McCormack, on the outer at Aston Villa, that he can reboot his career in Australia's A-League.

The club, which kicks its new season off next Friday night with a game against Brisbane Roar, on Friday confirmed it had signed the ex-Leeds, Fulham and Villa forward as an injury replacement for Uruguayan striker Bruno Fornaroli.

The 31-year old spent the early part of his career in his native Scotland, where he was with Rangers and Motherwell, before coming into the English game with Cardiff City.

New coach Warren Joyce, desperate to find an alternative for Fornaroli, whose ankle injury will keep him out until at least January, will be hoping that the new signing can hit the ground running.

McCormack has played 13 times for Scotland, scoring for the navy blues in a 3-1 win against the Socceroos in a friendly in 2012.

In a statement confirming the deal, Warren Joyce, said: "Losing Bruno to injury was difficult as he is an important player given his stature and ability within our team. Having seen Ross' performances, we believe he can provide an avenue and a strong attacking option for us. We hope to get him right and available as soon as possible."

McCormack added: "I'm here to do a job for the team, support my teammates, work hard for the manager and represent the club in the right manner. Hopefully I can show the fans what I can offer the team and I'm very excited about being able to represent this city and its fans."

This story Villa's McCormack agrees City deal as Fornaroli replacement first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.