Gombau revolution lures Jeggo from Victory

Midfielder James Jeggo has signed a two-year deal with Adelaide United after parting ways with Melbourne Victory.

The highly-rated 22-year-old will link up with the Reds in mid-June after four seasons with the Victory, during which he made 30 A-League appearances and scored two goals.

“I am extremely lucky to be joining a club like Adelaide United,” Jeggo told the club's official website.

“The football they play is at another level and I am excited to be a part of it. Now I get to work under Josep (Gombau) where I know he will help me improve as a player.

“Adelaide has a great history and is a very successful club. It’s also a great city and every time I’ve played there I’ve enjoyed the atmosphere from the fans.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Melbourne Victory for what they’ve done for me and for providing me the opportunity to become a professional footballer.”

Adelaide coach Josep Gombau said he had been tracking Jeggo’s progress from early in the season.

“James is the type of player that suits the style and football philosophy of this club,” Gombau said.

“He’s a player that can help out the team, and from the first time I saw him play, I liked him straight away.

“I like the way that he plays, because he’s a player that is always thinking in attack but also he’s strong in defending.

“For me, it’s important that he’s a young player, one that is hungry to play, who also has a strong future ahead of him.”

Melbourne Victory announced on Thursday that the Australian-born player had decided to move on.

“Jimmy has been a pleasure to work with during his time at Melbourne Victory and was an important part of our recent A-League and Asian Champions League campaigns,” coach Kevin Muscat said.
“He is a great guy to have around the place and was very popular in the change room, so we certainly wish him all the very best for the future."