Aston Villa outcast Ross McCormack has broken his silence on why his time in the Midlands has been frustrating, as reported by Birmingham Live.
The 32-year-old made a temporary switch to Australia last month, joining A-League side Central Coast Mariners.
The move hardly came as a surprise to Villa supporters who had seen little of the forward they paid a staggering £12m for.
The Scottish striker had a public bust-up with former boss Steve Bruce in January 2017 and fell down the pecking order at Villa Park.
McCormack has now spoken out about his frustrations and why his spell with Villa hasn’t worked out thus far:
“The most frustrating thing at Villa was the perceived view fans had of me, that certain people at the club painted. That of a mercenary who was happy sitting on the sidelines taking his wages.
“This is the second time I’ve travelled halfway round the world just to kick a ball again. It’s not about money, I just want to get back to what I’m good at.
“Opportunities at Villa may have sailed now, although I haven’t spoken to the new manager yet. My target is to get as sharp as I can and hopefully goals will come.
“Everyone has been great here (at Central Coast Mariners) and I just want to enjoy myself.”
He has linked up with Olympian-turned-footballer Usain Bolt in Australia and believes that people should be applauding the Jamaican for trying to break into the professional game:
“Usain’s had some stick. People are saying he can’t hack it and won’t make it but they should be applauding him for trying.
“He doesn’t need the money, he could have retired on a yacht somewhere or be holed up in one of his homes around the world relaxing but instead he’s putting his reputation on the line to try something different.
“I’d love to become a professional snooker player at 35 but it’s not going to happen, yet Usain has a real chance of realising his dream here.”
McCormack’s parent club recently appointed Dean Smith as manager and the former Brentford boss will face his first test when Villa host Swansea City on Saturday.