Ross McCormack exploded into life at Leeds United, his 58 goals and 31 assists for the Whites bringing about a near-£11million move to Fulham.
42 goals and 22 assists in just 100 games for the Cottagers saw another big move to Aston Villa, this time a near-£13milion fee being paid. The total of that move is just 24 games, three goals and one assist for the Midlands club.
At Villa McCormack, who was dubbed ‘McContract’ by Leeds United fans, the Scot is more famous for not being able to scale his house walls after gate failure than his footballing prowess. His time at Villa Park has proven to be a sorry one, less falling out of favour than being catapulted out of it.
In fairness, McCormack has found favour elsewhere, especially so in the more temperate climes of Australia than the Midlands. His first spell out on lone in the Antipodes saw him land at Melbourne City, McCormack finding his scoring boots to the tune of 14 goals in 17 games.
He scored again yesterday (below), opening the scoring with a powerful, stooped header for new loan side the Central Coast Mariners.
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However, as the compilation video of all four of the Mariners’ goals shows, McCormack was upstaged by Olympic legend and 100m and 200m World Record owner Usain Bolt.
Bolt is featuring for the same side as McCormack, hoping to earn a professional contract – having never played professional football before. Yesterday was his first start for the Mariners, and what a start it was.
His first goal of his début brace was a goal that many established strikers would be happy with. Latching onto a ball behind the defence, Bolt turned on the famous afterburners, jostled the defender to one side and advanced into the area.
Steadying himself, the multiple gold medallist lashed a left-footed shot inside the keeper’s near post, sparking the famous post-race ‘lightning pose’ that Bolt is renowned for.
Bolt’s second goal showed his awareness after a defensive mix-up and collision between the Macarthur South West United keeper and a defender. Bolt ran past the colliding opposition players, calmly side-footing into a gaping open goal.
McCormack’s time in English football, well at Aston Villa, looks to be on the wane. Maybe his sojourns to Australia might be the way forward for him to re-establish himself back in football – time will tell.