Rangers FC forward Michael O’Halloran has joined A-League side Melbourne City on a two-year deal.
The 27-year-old forward joined Rangers FC in February of 2016 for a fee reported to be £500,000 but O’Halloran quickly fell out of favour at Ibrox and was ultimately loaned out to his former club St Johnstone and spent the whole of 2017-18 season out on loan.
At St Johnstone played 17 games in all competitions during the previous season scoring 5 goals. But now that the forward returned back to Rangers FC he has immediately been sold out to Melbourne City.
Rangers FC left for Spain for their pre-season training camp and Micheal O’Halloran was one of the players who was not part of the travelling contingent.
And immediately there were rumours that the forward’s move to Australia was only a matter of time.
Now that Michael O’Halloran has moved to Australia he has revealed that it was his former Bolton Wanderers teammate and Aussie player Aaron Mooy who helped him make up his mind.
Mooy spent two seasons with Melbourne City before moving back to the Premier League in 2016 and O’Halloran has revealed that he had a long chat with Mooy before he made up his mind.
“Michael brings a wealth of experience from a number of clubs, including one of the biggest in Europe. He’s a very exciting player to watch – he has pace to burn and is capable of creating and scoring goals. I still remember watching him at Bolton Wanderers where he played in the same youth team as Aaron Mooy.”
Melbourne City’s head coach Warren Joyce said: “Michael brings a wealth of experience from a number of clubs, including one of the biggest in Europe. He’s a very exciting player to watch – he has pace to burn and is capable of creating and scoring goals. I still remember watching him at Bolton Wanderers where he played in the same youth team as Aaron Mooy.”
“He will be an important addition to the squad and I know he is very ready to start pre-season preparations.”
On joining Melbourne City, O’Halloran said: “I’m coming with high hopes to play my part in a team that I feel are really going places. I’m really looking forward to getting in, working hard and training.”
“I’m here to improve the team, and to play my part to try and win the league, which is our
first and foremost aim, and also to win the Asian Champions League.”
“Aaron Mooy is one of my closest friends in football, he told me it was brilliant – a great
club, great place, great people and a great opportunity for me.”