Football: All White heading back to A-League

All Whites midfielder Marco Rojas, in action against Mexico in 2013, is returning to the A-League. Photo / NZ Herald.
All Whites midfielder Marco Rojas, in action against Mexico in 2013, is returning to the A-League. Photo / NZ Herald.

Wellington Phoenix fans who might have hoped Marco Rojas would return to the capital are out of luck with news the All Whites winger has signed a two-year deal with the Melbourne Victory this afternoon.

Rojas spent two seasons with Melbourne Victory, winning the 2012-13 Johnny Warren medal after a stunning season, before signing with German Bundesliga side Vfb Stuttgart in 2013.

But he saw little game time with Stuttgart, and was loaned to German second-tier side Greuther Furth before a more successful stint with Swiss side Thun last season. This week he agreed a contract termination with Stuttgart.

The 24-year-old had a medical at Melbourne today and his signing was announced soon after.

He will replace All Whites teammate Kosta Barbarouses on the right wing - Barbarouses has returned to Wellington this season - and becomes Kevin Muscat's fourth visa signing after Spanish defender Alan Baro joined Besart Berisha and Fahid Ben Khalfallah.

"This is a significant signing for our club as we continue to prepare for a new A-League season," Muscat said. "We all know the quality Marco possesses and we are excited to see him return to the Victory."

Rojas famously joined the Phoenix in 2009 after impressing during a trial organised by fan outfit Yellow Fever.

- with news.com

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