Socceroos striker Jamie Maclaren has signed a two-year extension to his contract with Melbourne City, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2023/24 season.
The former Sunbury United and Green Gully junior first joined City in January 2019 and has been in red-hot goalscoring form since,, winning back-to-back A-League Golden Boots in his first two full seasons.
Maclaren achieved his best goalscoring season to date, registering 25 goals in 24 appearances - over ten goals more than his nearest competitor.
The contract also is exciting news for Socceroos fans in particular, following this month's announcement that Mathew Leckie will be joining the club from next season.
"You always have that one club in your career where it just feels like home," Maclaren told Melbourne City FC.
"Melbourne City is that place for me – both on and off the pitch.
"This group is special and we’re building something unique. When people think of Melbourne City, we want our fans to see our strong culture, enjoy our style of attacking football and to celebrate with us when we win trophies. We work hard every day to achieve this.
"For the fans, when I hear you chant my name, it motivates me to score. I feel very lucky, I’m a proud Melbourne boy, who gets to represent this great football club."
"We are so pleased to be able to finalise a long-term contract with Jamie and to be able to do it so quickly shows his passion for the Club, his hometown and the fans," Melbourne City FC Director of Football Michael Petrillo added.
"This is another example of the culture we have built at our Club. Jamie is obviously a massive influence on the pitch, but he’s also a fantastic leader in the dressing room.
"By committing to Melbourne City for the next three seasons, Jamie has shown his desire to win more silverware at the Club."