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Jamie Maclaren
Jamie Maclaren training with the Socceroos June 2017.jpg
Maclaren in Socceroos training, June 2017
Personal information
Date of birth (1993-07-29) 29 July 1993 (age 23)[1]
Place of birth Melbourne, Australia[1]
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
SV Darmstadt 98
Number 9
Youth career
1998–2003 Sunbury United
2003–2009 Green Gully
2009–2013 Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 Perth Glory 38 (11)
2014–2015 Perth Glory Reserves 5 (11)
2015–2017 Brisbane Roar 53 (40)
2017– SV Darmstadt 98 0 (0)
National team
2011 Scotland U19 2 (0)
2012–2013 Australia U20 17 (9)
2014–2016 Australia U23 15 (9)
2016– Australia 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 June 2017

Jamie Maclaren (born 29 July 1993) is an Australian professional soccer player who plays as a striker for 2. Bundesliga club Darmstadt 98. Maclaren initially represented Scotland at youth level, but has since appeared for Australia at both youth and senior international level.

Club career[edit]

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

Maclaren playing for Brisbane Roar in 2015

Jamie Maclaren grew up in the north-western suburbs of Melbourne. He first joined the junior side of local team Sunbury United at the early age of four or five, then switched to the youth ranks of nearby Victorian Premier League (now National Premier Leagues Victoria) side Green Gully in 2003, where although he continued to play against older players, his team was very successful, at one point winning around 50 games in a row. In July 2009, aged 15, he was invited to trial for Blackburn Rovers' under-16 squad. In his first trial match he scored two goals against Derby County's under-16 squad, followed by a hat-trick against Manchester United, which resulted in a contract offer from Rovers.[3]

Maclaren benefited from the mentorship of fellow Australians Vince Grella and Brett Emerton at Blackburn, where he soon progressed to be a regular under-21 squad player and training with the senior team.[4] However, after four years in England having not broken into the first team, he was released by Rovers at the end of the 2012–13 season.[5]

Perth Glory[edit]

Seeking first-team game time, Maclaren elected to return to Australia and signed a three-year contract with A-League club Perth Glory at the beginning of the 2013–14 season.[6] Maclaren made his Perth Glory debut, where he played 90 minutes, in a 3-1 loss against Adelaide United.[7] Maclaren then scored his first goal for Perth Glory weeks later, on 27 October 2013, in a 1-0 win over Melbourne City[8] and scored his second Perth Glory goal on 23 November 2013[9]

The 2014–15 season was his breakout year, scoring 10 goals in 23 appearances across all competitions, and earning the April nomination for the league's young player of the year award.[10] He also made a number of appearances in the National Premier Leagues side scoring 11 goals in just five games.[11][12] Maclaren scored his first senior club hat-trick, scoring all three of Glory's goals in a 3–1 win against Melbourne City on 19 April 2015.[13]

At the end of the 2014–15 season, in the fallout from the Perth Glory salary cap scandal, Glory agreed to release all contracted players who wished to leave the club, with the sole exception of Maclaren. In response, he lodged a formal breach-of-contract notice against Perth Glory to the players' Union, Professional Footballers Australia.[14][15] Maclaren was subsequently released by Glory on 29 June 2015.[16]

Brisbane Roar[edit]

During the A-League off-season, on 5 July 2015, Brisbane Roar signed Maclaren to a two-year deal.[17]

Maclaren made his debut with the Roar against the Western Sydney Wanderers on 8 October 2015. In the same game, he scored a brace for the Roar, with goals in the 9th and 34th minutes of the match.[18] Later that season Maclaren reached his 50th senior A-League appearance, scoring a goal and assisting another against his former club, Perth Glory. He scored his second senior club hat-trick in a win against Melbourne Victory on 12 March 2016.[19]

Maclaren finished the A-League regular season with 18 goals, second in the Golden Boot race to Melbourne City's Uruguayan striker Bruno Fornaroli, however his season tally was enough to become the all-time A-League record for an Australian player. Maclaren scored two more goals in the finals series to make his final club goal count 20 from 25 games. At the end of the 2015–16 season, he was awarded as the Young Player of the Year by the FFA.[20]

Maclaren scored 19 goals for the Roar in the 2016-17 A-League regular season, tying with Besart Berisha for the Golden Boot.[21]

SV Darmstadt 98[edit]

In May 2017, Maclaren joined German 2. Bundesliga club Darmstadt 98 signing a three-year deal.[22]

International career[edit]

His International career first started when he was called up for Scotland under-19 because of dual citizenship, his father Donald having been born in Scotland. He received two caps playing against Denmark and Norway. Jamie Maclaren was also a part of the Australian under-20 squad, and scored a goal against the hosts Turkey in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[23]

Maclaren joined the Australian under-23 team, the Olyroos, for the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship qualification Group F games held in Taiwan in March 2015, which doubled as Olympic qualification. He played in two of the Olyroos' three games, scoring a hat-trick against Hong Kong[24] and another two goals against Myanmar,[25] achieving the second highest tally for the qualification stage out of the entire AFC.[26] Maclaren was named in the Australian squad for the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship,[27] where he played every minute of Australia's campaign in three games against the UAE, Vietnam and Jordan, scoring against Vietnam.[28][29][30]

In February 2016, Maclaren announced that he pledged to play for Socceroos, rather than play for Scotland.[31] In May 2016, Maclaren was called up to the Socceroos for the first time for a friendly match away to England,[32] in which he started.[33] After a solid start to the 2016–17 A-League season, Maclaren was called up again to the Socceroos squad in November 2016 for Australia's 2018 World Cup Qualifying match against Thailand. He started the match, playing 57 minutes in the eventual 2-2 draw before being substituted for Nathan Burns.

Personal life[edit]

Maclaren holds a British passport, and is half-Maltese through his mother. This partial Maltese heritage led to Malta approaching Maclaren to play for them, however, he turned down the request.[34]




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  2. ^ "Jamie Maclaren". Brisbane Roar FC Site. Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Young Victorian Signs for Blackburn Rovers". Goal Weekly. 16 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Getting to Know....Jamie Maclaren!". Vital Football. 1 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Blackburn Rovers confirm released list". Lancashire Telegraph. 4 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Hope, Shayne (2 July 2013). "Glory sign young gun Maclaren". The West Australian. 
  7. ^ "Adelaide United cops two red cards in win over Perth Glory; Roar nicks it in injury time against Phoenix". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 13 October 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "Perth Glory edges Melbourne Heart thanks to Jamie Maclaren goal, Wellington Phoenix and Newcastle Jets scoreless". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 27 October 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "Central Coast Mariners clinch 2-1 victory over Perth Glory with 94th minute winner by Mitch Duke". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 23 November 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "NAB Young Footballer of the Year nominee for April". Football Federation Australia. 30 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "Glory end the NPL-WA season in style". Perth Glory FC. 25 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "5-star Glory salute Floreat". Perth Glory FC. 26 April 2014. 
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  14. ^ Davutovic, David (30 May 2015). "Jamie Maclaren in contract impasse with Perth Glory". Daily Telegraph. 
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  16. ^ "Perth Glory releases Jamie Maclaren". Perth Glory. 29 June 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  17. ^ Monteverde, Marco (5 July 2015). "A-League: Brisbane Roar sign former Perth Glory striker Jamie Maclaren on a two-year deal". The Courier-Mail. News Corp. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  18. ^ "Roar shock Wanderers in season opener". A League Official Website. 8 October 2015. 
  19. ^ "Jamie Maclaren triple sends Brisbane Roar top with 5-0 win over Melbourne Victory". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 12 March 2016. 
  20. ^ "Maclaren named NAB Young Footballer of the Year". Football Federation Australia. 26 April 2016. 
  21. ^ Maclaren, Berisha Share Golden Boot Honours FourFourTwo Australia, 16 April 2017
  22. ^ "Jamie Maclaren signs for SV Darmstadt". Special Broadcasting Service. 19 May 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2017. 
  23. ^ "Country calls for duo". Blackburn Rovers F.C. 19 September 2012. Archived from the original on 21 July 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  24. ^ "Australia 6–0 Hong Kong - Match Summary". The Asian Football Confederation. 
  25. ^ "Australia 5–1 Myanmar - Match Summary". The Asian Football Confederation. 
  26. ^ "Top Goal Scorers (by Stage) – 2016 AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers". 
  27. ^ Smithies, Tom (23 December 2015). "Olyroos squad: Aurelio Vidmar confirms squad for AFC Under 23s Championship". Fox Sports. 
  28. ^ "Australia 0–1 United Arab Emirates". The Asian Football Confederation. 
  29. ^ "Vietnam 0–2 Australia - Match Summary". The Asian Football Confederation. 
  30. ^ "Jordan 0–0 Australia - Match Summary". The Asian Football Confederation. 
  31. ^ "Jamie Maclaren's Aussie caps". The Sun. 12 February 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  32. ^ Greco, John (11 May 2016). "Fresh faces named for Caltex Socceroos' England clash". Football Federation Australia. 
  33. ^ "England 2 - 1 Australia". BBC Sport. 27 May 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  34. ^ Rugari, Vince. "A-League contract news: Jamie Maclaren on his Brisbane Roar future". Fox Sports Australia. News Corporation. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 

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