Flores return is a boost for A-League
Marcos Flores’ decision to leave China and head back to Australia is one that will benefit not just his new club, Melbourne Victory, but the A-League as a whole.
It was announced today that the former Adelaide United star will join Victory for the next two years, replacing departed marquee Harry Kewell. This is a great coup by Ange Postecoglou and the Victory board.
I wrote just last Friday about the impact of the lack of star names like Carlos Hernandez, Kewell and Flores – could have on the competition. But with the Argentine’s return, the competition has gotten back one of the best players to have graced our shores in the past seven years.
Flores first stint down under was short – but oh it was memorable. He joined Adelaide at the end of 2009 and notched nine goals and eight assists in 31 appearances for the Reds.
Several of these were ‘goal of the season efforts’, as you can see below, and he quickly became a fan favourite
Flores helped Adelaide finish third in the 2010-2011 season and he won the Johnny Warren medal as the player of the year. But then quickly he was off to Henan Jianye in China.
However Flores could not settle in China as well as he did here, and he has returned to Australia. And it’s great that he did.
Flores is the kind of technically brilliant and skilful player we need more of in the A-League. The mercurial number 10 who can score goals, set up goals and create. A rare diamond. He is just 26-years old, so his best years should be ahead of him.
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