Maclaren's agent denies Melb City links
Jamie Maclaren's agent Paddy Dominguez says he has had no dealings with the City Football Group regarding the off-contract Brisbane Roar star.
Jamie Maclaren's agent has denied reports the off-contract Brisbane Roar striker is set to sign for the City Football Group and be loaned back to A-League rivals Melbourne City.
SBS claims the 23-year-old will follow in the footsteps of Luke Brattan and Anthony Caceres, who signed for Manchester City only to be controversially moved back to Melbourne last year.
Football Federation Australia quickly proposed rule changes to close the loophole, the use of which angered rival A-League clubs who saw it as a way of circumventing the salary cap.
Maclaren remains the hottest free agent on the A-League market but his agent, Paddy Dominguez, denied he was talking to City.
"I am not in discussion nor have not had any discussions with the City Group about Jamie Maclaren, so these reports are news to me," Dominguez told AAP.
Maclaren, who scored in regulation time and in the penalty shootout during Brisbane's epic elimination final win over Western Sydney on Friday, also dismissed the notion when he was informed of the report post-match.
Dominguez did not rule out the possibility of Maclaren signing with the City Group in future but stressed it had not been spoken about.
Melbourne City already has strikers Bruno Fornaroli and Tim Cahill contracted for next season.
Dominguez also represents Socceroo Aaron Mooy, and brokered his successful loan shift from Manchester City to English Championship side Huddersfield Town last year.
It is understood that if Maclaren was to link up with City he would almost certainly do the same as Mooy and move on loan to another British club instead of elsewhere in the A-League.
His next move is critical as he needs to curry favour with Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou to keep his 2018 World Cup hopes alive.
"It's funny how these reports come out during a game, or just before a game. It's crazy," Roar coach John Aloisi said.
"I don't know if those rumours are true.
"It doesn't matter, Jamie Maclaren's here at least until the end of the season and he'll give us everything.
"He wants to win just as much as I do, the other players and the fans."
Maclaren's goal against the Wanderers took his season tally to 20, making him the first player in A-League history to hit the mark in two consecutive seasons.
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