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Australian Football: Milligan joins Adelaide

Adelaide United have announced former Socceroos star Mark Milligan will work alongside Carl Veart as his assistant coach for the next two seasons.

Milligan had a decorated career as a player when picking up 80 caps for the Socceroos, while he also won silverware with both Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory.

Vast experience

The 36-year-old also enjoyed stints overseas, including the UK, before finishing his playing career back in Australia with Macarthur FC. Milligan also had a spell coaching with the Bulls and will now get a chance to carry on down that path with the Reds.

Milligan will work very closely with Veart and the United head coach is delighted to have him on board.

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“We’re delighted to have someone of Mark’s pedigree join our Club,” Veart told the club’s website. “When it became apparent that Mark remained interested in coaching at this level, I was certain he would be a great fit for us.

“And, after discussions with him, I quickly realised he was the best candidate for the role as he shares a similar footballing philosophy to myself and that’s very important.

“Given Mark was a terrific player in his own right, he will be able to offer his experience and wisdom to our younger players as well, which we see as being invaluable.”

Great opportunity

Meanwhile Milligan is also excited about the prospect of working with Veart and believes the future is a bright one.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for me to learn, but to also pass on some of my knowledge and experience to the next generation of Australian footballers, in particular,” he said. “I’m excited for this new challenge and I can’t wait to get to work in Adelaide.”

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