Manchester City-owned midfielder heads to Melbourne City on third loan deal

Melbourne City have announced the signing of Hull-born midfielder Luke Brattan on loan from Manchester City for the third season in a row.

Brattan joined Man City in 2015 from the Brisbane Roar and after an initial loan spell in England with Bolton, was sent to City Football Group partner club Melbourne City in 2016.

The idea of the signing seemed to be to strengthen Melbourne City without them having to pay a transfer fee, since the A-League does not allow transfer fees.

Melbourne’s director of football, Michael Petrillo, said:

“Luke’s contribution to the side over the past two season has been significant both on the field and in the dressing room.

“He has played an important role in linking our defence and attack, and his experience has played an important part in developing the young talent in the squad.

“We are glad to have him back on the pitch for 2018/19.”

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