Macarthur FC has picked up an incredible marquee player for their inaugural squad: former Socceroos captain Mark Milligan.
The 34-year-old has signed a multi-year deal with the Campbelltown-based club, joining Tommy Oar, Denis Genreau and Adam Federici.
Milligan has played 80 games for the Socceroos (making him the eighth-most capped player to ever don the green and gold), taking over the captaincy from Mile Jedinak last year before retiring from international football.
The defensive midfielder finished up his European career with English League One side Southern United earlier this year, when the Covid-19 situation threw the competition into limbo.
Milligan said he couldn't wait to get into the pre-season training with the Bulls and coach Ante Milicic.
"After an uncertain finish in England due to Covid, the opportunity Ante has offered me to join Macarthur FC was something I couldn't pass up," he said.
"To come back home and be part of a brand-new club in the A-League is somehting I never thought I'd be able to do.
"I'm looking forward to hitting the pitch and putting in the hard work, ready for our first match at Campbelltown."
Milicic is looking forward to the experience Milligan will bring to the side.
"Mark brings a wealth of experience to our club and will be invaluable to the younger members of our squad," he said.
"Working with him in the Socceroos across two world cups, I was always impressed by his leadership on and off the pitch.
"A Joe Marston Medal winner in 2015, Mark is no stranger to the A-League and will provide us with great structure in our defensive backline."
Milligan has played in three world cups, three Asian cups, a Confederation cup and captained the Olyroos in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
He previously played with Sydney FC, Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory in the A-League.
Macarthur FC join the A-League in the 2020/21 season.