Victory sign Milligan to new marquee deal

Socceroo Mark Milligan will be Melbourne Victory's Australian marquee until the end of the 2016/17 A-League season after putting pen to paper on a new three-year deal. 

The Victory skipper, who was part of Australia’s World Cup squad, said he was thrilled to be staying at the club and was targeting a Grand Final finish in the upcoming campaign.

“The squad Kevin (Muscat) has put in place for this season is one of the most exciting in the competition and all the boys, including me, are itching to get things underway in October,” the 29-year-old midfielder said.

“Having missed out on a Grand Final spot by just one game these past two seasons, we are all desperate to go that one step further and are working extremely hard to achieve the success we know the fans of this Club deserve.

“As well this year, we’ve also got our first ever FFA Cup campaign to concentrate on and we are determined to be the first to lift that trophy in December."

Coach Kevin Muscat said the 2012/13 Victory Medalist, would continue to make a significant contribution to the success of the club.

“As captain, we’ve seen how important Millsy is to our side, both on and off the pitch,” Muscat said.

 “There’s no doubt in my mind he’s one of the best players in the country right now, so it’s terrific for everyone involved in the club that Mark will be here for at least another three seasons.”

Milligan, who played in China and Japan before joining Victory in 2012, has been linked with numerous clubs overseas including English Premier League side Crystal Palace.