Melbourne City FC signs Craig Noone

Melbourne City FC has today announced English attacking midfielder and winger, Craig Noone has joined the Club on a two-year deal.

Liverpool-born, Noone joins City after impressing at various clubs across the UK, including at Cardiff City and most recently, Bolton Wanderers.

Melbourne City FC Director of Football, Michael Petrillo said Noone’s creativity and eye for goal would add another dimension to City’s attack in the 2019-20 season.

“Craig is a creative, pacey wide player who, after playing at the highest level in the UK, will bring a lot in experience and threat to the team,” said Petrillo.

“Craig is a proven goalscorer and provider who is just as comfortable cutting inside and shooting from range as he is at linking up with his full-back and delivering dangerous crosses.”

“His style of play and experience match the same brand of attacking, progressive football we are striving to deliver, and we look forward to seeing him on the pitch.”

Ahead of departing for Melbourne, Noone said:

“I’m excited to join Melbourne City and test myself in the A-League. This is an ambitious club that wants to win trophies while playing an exciting style of football.

“I want to win and be competing for silverware. I’ve come here to help the team and make a difference going forward in creating and scoring goals.

“I know a few players in Australia and know the quality is good. I’m expecting it to be physical and fast-paced and can’t wait to step out in front of the fans for the first time at AAMI Park.”

After starting his career in England’s non-league football divisions with Burscough and Southport, Noone earned a transfer to Plymouth Argyle in 2008 notching up 55 appearances in three seasons.

Noone then moved on to Brighton & Hove Albion, making 59 appearances and playing an integral part in their 2010-11 League One title-winning season before moving to Cardiff City in 2012.

Noone made 158 appearances for the Bluebirds over a five-year period, winning the Championship title with the Welsh side before going on to play in the Premier League.

Noone will join up with the rest of the Melbourne City FC squad at the beginning of pre-season in early July.