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Macro Rojas rejoins Melbourne Victory  

Thursday 25th August 2016
Arguably the A-League's powerhouse, Melbourne Victory, have again announced a huge coup in the transfer market.  Former Johnny Warren medallist and Golden Boot winner, Marco Rojas, has re-joined the side after a short stint in Germany.

Named in Victory's Team of the Decade, Rojas was instrumental for the squad, propelling him to a lucrative deal with VFB Stuttgart in Germany at the end of the 2012/13 season.  It was a season that saw the young Kiwi win the A League's Johnny Warren medallist for best player of the season, as well as the A-League Young Footballer of the Year award.

Unfortunately, his venture to Europe did not work out how the 24-year-old would have liked.  Following a couple of uneventful loan stints away from Stuttgart, the two parties mutually agreed to part ways.  Rojas now finds himself back at the club where he made his name as one of the A League's most exciting and damaging players.

Melbourne Victory have always kept in touch, I had a great time here, it was familiar for me and maybe that will help me get back to playing good football again”, Rojas stated.

Rojas went on to assure Victory fans of his abilities during his first press conference back at Melbourne Victory - “I still believe I'm capable of doing the things I did. I was away for three years so I'd be disappointed if I was exactly the same player”.

It caps off what has been a very successful transfer period for Kevin Muscat's men, following a disappointing sixth-place finish last season.  They have also reconnected with attacking midfielder James Troisi, who spent the 2013/14 season at Victory on loan from Italian Serie A Club, Atalanta.

Troisi made an immediate impact for Melbourne Victory, scoring 12 goals in the A-League during his solitary season in Australia.

Victory supporters were concerned last season following the departures of two of their most important attacking players.  However, these two signings certainly fill the void left from duo Gui Finkler and Kosta Barbarouses, who both swapped Melbourne to sign for Wellington Phoenix.

The capture of Rojas is a much-needed statement of intention from Victory after cross-town rivals Melbourne City just announced the signing of Australian fan favourite, Tim Cahill.  It will be a fascinating season for the two Melbourne teams, who both boast some of the most exciting talent in the A-League.

Where does this leave Melbourne Victory?

Victory are now in a great position to bounce back after last season's disappointing championship.  Kevin Muscat's men struggled with a heavy workload after qualifying for the Asian Champions League.  In a similar fashion to the Western Sydney Wanderers the year before, the Victory's full schedule and travelling to and from Asia mid-week proved too much.

However, after strengthening their defence with experienced Spanish defender Alan Baro and now signing Rojas and Troisi, Victory are in a great position to bounce back and return to the top.  Add to that another new signing Mitch Austin as well as Bozanic, Berisha and Fahid Ben Khalfallah and Victory again look promising.

Anything less than a home final would be a failure for the Victory, and the FFA Cup holders will certainly have their eyes on winning silverware this season.

Sean Wales
20 year old aspiring journalist from Melbourne, Australia.

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