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City pair won't strike up A-L combination

Jamie Maclaren's arrival has effectively killed the prospect of Bruno Fornaroli playing for Melbourne City again in the A-League.

City pair won't strike up A-L combination

Jamie Maclaren's arrival has effectively killed the prospect of Bruno Fornaroli playing for Melbourne City again in the A-League.

Coach WARREN JOYCE of Melbourne City looks on before the League match between Melbourne City FC and Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.
Coach WARREN JOYCE of Melbourne City looks on before the League match between Melbourne City FC and Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia. Picture:Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images

Melbourne City coach Warren Joyce has two of the A-League best-ever strikers on his books; but they'll never play together.

New signing Jamie Maclaren will train with banished forward Bruno Fornaroli for the balance of his season after City engineered a deal to bring the 25-year-old back to Australia, without shipping the Uruguayan on.


The cost of that transaction is a hefty one.

Fornaroli will earn hundreds of thousands of dollars simply for training at Bundoora, with Joyce adamant he won't play for the club again.

"It's very doubtful," he said.

"We've got Jamie coming in who's committed to the cause and wants to do well for the club and really we're just looking to integrate him with the players who have done tremendously well."

City attempted to find a new home for Fornaroli in Asia during the transfer window but there were no offers that tempted the 31-year-old to move.

He has reportedly signed with Perth Glory for next season, which will help him stay in the country he wants to make a long-term home.

Maclaren's signing effectively turns the page on Fornaroli's time at City.

The Melburnian will become the club's pin-up boy and frontline striker after inking a deal to the end of the 2021-22 season, the last three years as marquee.

Joyce said his admiration for Maclaren began well before he scored 40 goals in two prolific Brisbane Roar seasons.

"He first impressed me when he was at Blackburn Rovers and I was at Manchester United," he said.

"My sister's son was playing for Blackburn Rovers at the time and I can remember asking about him then.

"Sometimes you look at opposition players and you go 'oh I really like him, I could do something with him. I wish he was one of our players.'

"We're getting a player coming into his prime years. It's a fantastic signing for the club."

City could also announce the loan signing of English youth international Shayon Harrison within the next 24 hours.

Fairfax Media reported on Friday the Tottenham youngster is expected to join the club pending visa clearance.

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