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Ross McCormack joins Melbourne City on loan

Striker could not find the pitch (or the net) and heads down under to find some form (and hopefully goals).

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Ross McCormack is finally heading out of Villa park -- at least for a few months — after bring loaned out to Melbourne City in Australia until January. The move has been on the table for awhile but has finally gotten over the line with only a medical hurdle to clear (which Villa fans know well can cause a stumble).

I don’t think it is harsh to call the Scotsman’s time at Villa Park an abject failure at this point. He hasn’t been able to get on the pitch most of the time and some off the field antics have not helped him with the fans or the manager. He was in the shop window all summer but no club came in for him — which Steve Bruce admitted being shocked by the “brutal reality” of the situation.

McCormack is being picked up as an injury replacement for Uruguayan striker Bruno Fornaroli and links up with a former Leeds teammate in Neil Kilkenny.

McCormack told the Club’s website said, “I’m here to do a job for the team, support my teammates, work hard for the manager and represent the Club in the right manner. Hopefully I can show the fans what I can offer the team and I’m very excited about being able to represent this city and its fans at a great Club.”

Good luck to him — because he has had none of it in Birmingham.