Jamie Maclaren signs for FC Darmstadt – wait, who?

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    This is, in my personal opinion, an absolutely outstanding, very intelligent move by a player who has his head squarely on his shoulders. The more I read about Jamie, the more I believe he will be a highly successful person both in football and after.

    He was signed for Perth, scored goals off the bench but did not get much of a look in behind Andy Keogh.

    He was signed by John Aloisi at Brisbane Roar, who was one of Australia’s top strikers, scored that penalty and has scored at the World Cup.

    Jamie’s game flourished under Aloisi, he played almost every game and showed his value by winning the Golden Boot two years in a row.

    His agent has mentioned 80 clubs interested in him so everyone was thinking the Premier League or Italy, China, Belgium etc.

    Instead, he has signed for a club that has just been relegated from the German Bundesliga and will play in Germany’s second tier next season.

    What Maclaren has done is sign for a team who will be immediately pushing for a return for the Bundesliga where he is most likely going to be used as the main striker.

    If they do get promoted this season or next and he maintains his scoring rate, he will be the main striker for a team in one of the strongest and best-run leagues in the world.

    Jamie Maclaren Brisbane Roar portrait

    (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

    The FC Darmstadt Manger is Torsten Frings who is a former midfielder and has played for Bayern Munich, amongst other clubs, and also played 79 games for Germany including at 2 European Championships and 2 World Cups.

    The key point is that he is extremely impressed with Maclaren and intends to use him as his main striker.

    Maclaren has said that Frings was a crucial part in his decision as he is a coach who shares the same ambitions.

    With Frings being a former World Cup player this is another manager who has played at the very highest level so Jamie will continue his education in playing in high-pressure matches.

    Also, the only part of Jamie’s game that was lacking is his assist rate. Playing for a manager who was a world class midfielder should improve that side of his game.

    This should be a blueprint for every young player hitting the A-League.

    Don’t be tempted by lots of money, stay in the A-League for a couple of seasons and develop as much as you can.

    When the time is right and you need a bigger challenge, find a club that has ambition to improve with a quality manager where you are highly rated and will get lots of game time providing you listen, learn, work hard and take your chances.

    I understand that a footballer’s career is only short and can end at any time through injury so it is important to look after the financial side.

    However, if you can be somewhere where you are happy, still playing and constantly improving then you can make a name and start moving up the ladder.

    Next season, I will be keeping an eye out for FC Darmstadt’s results. I hope this move is what Jamie wants it to be, and he will get lots of game time and goals and be in the Bundesliga next season.

    Only time will tell.

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    • May 20th 2017 @ 9:22am
      Chris said | May 20th 2017 @ 9:22am | ! Report

      The headline doesnt really suit the actual story. Oh well.
      Yes Im like you David and will follow FC Darmstadt results closely next season. I really hope it works out for Jamie.

      • Roar Pro

        May 20th 2017 @ 9:36am
        David McDaniel said | May 20th 2017 @ 9:36am | ! Report

        Hi Chris, the headline points out I have never heard of the club and most others wouldn’t have either. True, I could have written more about the club but this article is about Jamie. Thanks for your comment!

        • Roar Guru

          May 20th 2017 @ 11:33am
          Ben of Phnom Penh said | May 20th 2017 @ 11:33am | ! Report

          Dr Frankenstein.

          • Roar Pro

            May 20th 2017 @ 12:25pm
            David McDaniel said | May 20th 2017 @ 12:25pm | ! Report

            Hmmm…random comment of the year? *grin*

            • Columnist

              May 20th 2017 @ 1:48pm
              Stuart Thomas said | May 20th 2017 @ 1:48pm | ! Report

              There is nothing random about Ben, just pure genius.

              • Roar Pro

                May 20th 2017 @ 2:02pm
                David McDaniel said | May 20th 2017 @ 2:02pm | ! Report

                hmmm…still no idea, is this a Guru in-joke that a poor rookie cant understand?

                Enlighten me, oh learned ones!

              • Roar Guru

                May 20th 2017 @ 6:02pm
                Ben of Phnom Penh said | May 20th 2017 @ 6:02pm | ! Report

                No secret handshakes nor eldritch doors involved, David.

                Almost all have seen Darmstadt in various guises throughout their lives, for it is the town underneath the castle in the Odenwaldt where Dr Frankstein created his monster.

                An interesting aside is that Dr Frankenstein learned his arts at the University of Ingolstadt.

                Perhaps if we make it to the World Cup all fans should joyously shout “It’s alive!”

              • Roar Pro

                May 20th 2017 @ 6:47pm
                David McDaniel said | May 20th 2017 @ 6:47pm | ! Report

                Aaah….well done, I truly did not know that! When I see Darmstadt I think Durmstrang but I am a geek so that makes sense.

            • Columnist

              May 21st 2017 @ 12:14pm
              Stuart Thomas said | May 21st 2017 @ 12:14pm | ! Report

              Wait till we start with the Shakespeare. I liked the article. Well done.

              • Roar Pro

                May 21st 2017 @ 3:23pm
                David McDaniel said | May 21st 2017 @ 3:23pm | ! Report

                Thanks Stuart, I have just submitted another about Lukaku and Chelsea which hopefully will be published tomorrow.

                I seem to have a thing for strikers…….

    • May 20th 2017 @ 9:29am
      Bfc said | May 20th 2017 @ 9:29am | ! Report

      Hope JMac gets a lot of game time…that is vital for his development and prospect of becoming the Soccerroo striker as Ange has placed a high value on regular game time. And the Bundeliga 2 is not short on quality…

      • Roar Pro

        May 20th 2017 @ 9:36am
        David McDaniel said | May 20th 2017 @ 9:36am | ! Report

        Yeah, I am actually pretty excited about this move for him.

      • May 20th 2017 @ 9:44am
        Footoverhand said | May 20th 2017 @ 9:44am | ! Report

        Jamie nearly scored as many goals as their whole team (26), their main striker was a loanee who scored 4 goals and will not be there, so it’s definitely a great move as he is now the specialist striker.
        I hope he kills it and they push to be back up again.

        • Roar Pro

          May 20th 2017 @ 9:47am
          David McDaniel said | May 20th 2017 @ 9:47am | ! Report

          Hi Foot, yes, at this stage it seems like the perfect move for him. Fingers crossed!

    • May 20th 2017 @ 9:56am
      Nemesis said | May 20th 2017 @ 9:56am | ! Report

      So, from my understanding we now have the following Aussies contracted to German clubs:

      Mitch Langerak
      Matthew Leckie
      Ben Halloran
      Jamie MacLaren
      Brendon Borello
      Jake Brimmer
      Kwame Yeboah

      Remember. This is Germany. There are tens of thousands of German kids who would be vying for spots at German professional clubs. Plus hundreds of thousands from the rest of Europe, Africa, Asia, SthAmerica, Central America, North America.

      Very likely Mitch Langerak will be playing Bundesliga 1 next season.

    • May 20th 2017 @ 10:06am
      RBBAnonymous said | May 20th 2017 @ 10:06am | ! Report

      I think this is a decent move for MaClaren, he should get plenty of game time and if he bangs them in he should get noticed by bigger clubs in the Bundesliga. As far as I am aware Jamie was equal top goal scorer this year, while the previous season the Golden Boot winner was Bruno Fornaroli.

      • May 20th 2017 @ 6:13pm
        Lionheart said | May 20th 2017 @ 6:13pm | ! Report

        yes, I think he’s been the leading Ausy goal scorer, joint golden boot this year only.

    • May 20th 2017 @ 10:13am
      Fadida said | May 20th 2017 @ 10:13am | ! Report

      On paper it appears to be a very sensible move

      • Roar Pro

        May 20th 2017 @ 10:18am
        David McDaniel said | May 20th 2017 @ 10:18am | ! Report

        Yep, the start of the season will tell if it is so!

    • May 20th 2017 @ 6:15pm
      Lionheart said | May 20th 2017 @ 6:15pm | ! Report

      Lots of potential has Jamie, and I really don’t think he was going to improve by staying here. This will be a great road trip in Germany, watching him and hopefully Borrello play.

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