Forgotten £12million man Ross McCormack departs Aston Villa

By Matt Maher | Aston Villa | Published:

Forgotten man Ross McCormack is leaving Villa after reaching an agreement to end his contract a year early.

Ross McCormack

The striker signed a four-year deal when he joined from Fulham in 2016 but will instead leave this summer after signing a variation agreement with the club.

Villa paid £12million for McCormack, who has turned out to be one of the biggest transfer blunders in their history.

The Scot scored only three goals and had not made a first-team appearance since September 2017.

McCormack, who earned £40,000-a-week, was due to see his wages increase significantly following Villa’s promotion to the Premier League last month.

But he will now be granted a free transfer following talks between his representatives and chief executive Christian Purslow.

A brief statement on Villa’s website read: “Aston Villa can confirm Ross McCormack is to leave the club after signing a variation agreement.

“The club would like to wish Ross well for the future.”

Signed by Roberto Di Matteo following Villa’s relegation from the top flight, McCormack arrived with the reputation of one of the Championship’s most potent forwards.

Yet he struggled from the start and was effectively exiled from the first-team following a public bust-up with then boss Steve Bruce in January 2017.

McCormack had loan spells at Nottingham Forest, Melbourne City, Central Coast Mariners, before finishing last season at Motherwell.

Matt Maher

By Matt Maher

Chief sports writer for the Express & Star.


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