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Watch as Ross McCormack scores on Central Coast Mariners debut - he partners Usain Bolt up front

Birmingham Mail logo Birmingham Mail 12/10/2018 12:09:31 Joseph Chapman

Ross McCormack has netted within seven minutes of his first match for Central Coast Mariners, as he partners Olympic legend Usain Bolt up front in a trial game against Macarthur South West United.

The Scottish forward left Aston Villa for Australia last month on a season-long loan.

The 32-year-old forward, who cost Villa £12m from Fulham in 2016, hasn't played for the club in 18 months following a public falling out with former manager Steve Bruce.

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McCormack was blasted by Bruce in January 2017 for failing to turn up for training and there's been no route back into the Bodymoor Heath fold since.

He spent a spell on loan in Australia last season with Melbourne City where he rediscovered his goalscoring touch, scoring 14 times in 17 matches in the A-League before returning to Villa in January at the end of the deal.

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He was excluded from Villa's pre-season training camp in Portugal over the summer and wasn't allowed to train with the first team at Bodymoor Heath.

Moving back Down Under for the new campaign, it hasn't taken long for McCormack to hit the ground running in what is effectively a pre-season game.

He's joined up top by Jamaican Bolt, a serial gold medallist in athletics that is still hoping to begin a career in professional football.

12. lokakuuta 2018 15:09:31 Categories: Birmingham Mail The Guardian

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