Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack has joined Central Coast Mariners on loan, as confirmed by their official club Twitter account.

The 32-year-old striker has fallen down the pecking order at Villa under Steve Bruce and will spent this season away on loan from them again.

McCormack is returning to Australia which is where he spent last season as well. He was on loan at Melbourne City and scored 13 goals in 15 games.

He will now be looking to replicate that goal scoring form with Central Coast Mariners. The A-League side are confident of a big season and will be hoping that McCormack can fire them to success. Their sporting director is former Manchester United assistant and Hull City manager Mike Phelan.

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McCormack, who has made 13 caps for Scotland in his career, was once one of the most sought-after strikers in the Championship. He has had spells at the likes of Doncaster Rovers, Cardiff City, Leeds United, Fulham and Nottingham Forest. However, he has not been able to hit the ground running during his time at Aston Villa.

Steve Bruce’s side swooped to sign him in August 2016 from Fulham for a fee of around £12 million. He has since played 24 games for the Championship side, scoring 4 goals. McCormack has also been deemed unfit by Bruce and has reportedly missed training in the past.

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He now has the chance to write the next chapter in his career in the Australian A-League and if his form at Melbourne City was anything to go by, he could be a real handful for Central Coast Mariners.

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