Macarthur FC continues growing with English signing Matt Derbyshire

Picture: Macarthur FC Instagram
Picture: Macarthur FC Instagram

Macarthur FC's inaugural squad continues growing with the announcement of the expansion club's first overseas signing.

English striker Matt Derbyshire joins Tommy Oar, Adam Federici, Denis Genreau and marquee man Mark Milligan in the Bulls growing line-up.

The former Premier League player has agreed to play for Macarthur FC after spending four years with Cypriot top tier club Omonia Nikosia, the club reported on its website today.

Derbyshire has scored almost 150 career goals, bringing a wealth of experience to the new A-League team.

The 34-year-old played 76 EPL games with the Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City.

The right-footer also represented his country 14 times in the under-21s squad.

Derbyshire thanked coach Ante Milicic for the opportunity to join the Bulls this year.

"After speaking with Ante about his vision for Macarthur FC, the choice was a simple one and I think him for the opportunity to play for the club," he said.

"I have never played in Australia before, and am not only looking forward to the challenge of a top-quality league, but also playing my part in building a new club that the region will be proud of."

Macarthur FC ambassador - and Harrington Park resident - Brett Emerton played with Derbyshire at Blackburn.

"I know he will be a perfect fit for the club, an out and out striker," the former Socceroo said.

"He has three young boys and some family here in Australia. It will be a good opportunity for them to see him play."

Milicic said Derbyshire's top form in Cyprus made him the perfect choice to lead the Bulls' attack.

"With 62 goals from 113 appearance, and 10 goal assists for Omonia in Cyprus, plus Premier League experience, Matt is a perfect fit to spearhead our attack," he said.

"Matt is a very strong player who competes on every challenge. Technically sound and a good mover on his feet.

"He is a quality finisher and I'm looking forward to seeing him in the A-League."

The Bulls will join the A-League in the 2020/21 season and play out of Campbelltown Stadium.

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