Jamie Maclaren

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Jamie Maclaren
Jamie Maclaren World Cup 2018.jpg
Maclaren at the 2018 FIFA World Cup with Australia
Personal information
Full name Jamie Maclaren[1]
Date of birth (1993-07-29) 29 July 1993 (age 28)[2]
Place of birth Sunbury, Australia[2]
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[3]
Position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Melbourne City
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 NPL 5 (11)
2015–2017 Brisbane Roar 53 (40)
2017–2019 Darmstadt 98 7 (0)
2018–2019Hibernian (loan) 27 (9)
2019– Melbourne City 58 (53)
National team
2011 Scotland U19 2 (0)
2012–2013 Australia U20 17 (9)
2014–2016 Australia U23 15 (9)
2016– Australia 18 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:54, 30 June 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:54, 30 June 2021 (UTC)

Jamie Maclaren (born 29 July 1993) is an Australian professional soccer player who plays as a striker for A-League club Melbourne City. He has also previously played for Darmstadt 98, Perth Glory, Brisbane Roar and Hibernian. Maclaren initially represented Scotland at youth level, but has since appeared for Australia at both youth and senior international level. He is a three time A-League Golden Boot winner as A-League top scorer in the 2016–17 (19 goals), 2019–20 (22 goals) and 2020–21 (25 goals) seasons.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] Maclaren made his Perth Glory debut, where he played 90 minutes, in a 3–1 loss against Adelaide United.[8] Maclaren then scored his first goal for Perth Glory weeks later, on 27 October 2013, in a 1–0 win over Melbourne City[9] and scored his second Perth Glory goal on 23 November 2013[10]

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.[11] He also made a number of appearances in the National Premier Leagues side scoring 11 goals in just five games.[12][13] 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.[14]

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.[15][16] Maclaren was subsequently released by Glory on 29 June 2015.[17]

Brisbane Roar[edit]

Maclaren playing for the Brisbane Roar in 2015

During the A-League off-season, on 5 July 2015, Brisbane Roar signed Maclaren to a two-year deal.[18]

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.[19] 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.[20]

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.[21]

Maclaren scored 19 goals for the Roar in the 2016-17 A-League regular season, tying with Besart Berisha for the Golden Boot.[22]

Darmstadt 98[edit]

In May 2017, Maclaren joined German 2. Bundesliga club Darmstadt 98 signing a three-year deal.[23] He made his debut in the second round of the season as a 63rd minute substitution in a 1–1 draw away to FC Kaiserslautern on 4 August.[24]

Loans to Hibernian[edit]

Maclaren was loaned to Scottish club Hibernian in January 2018, in the hope that more playing time would boost his chances of being selected by Australia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[25][26] He made his Scottish Premiership debut in a 1–0 win at Dundee on 24 January.[27] Maclaren scored his first goal for Hibs on 3 February, converting a match-winning penalty against Rangers.[28] He scored the second goal in a 2–0 win for Hibs in an Edinburgh derby on 9 March,[29] and helped to delay Celtic's title celebrations by scoring the first goal in a 2–1 win for Hibs on 21 April.[30] He ended his season in Scotland by scoring a hat-trick in a 5–5 draw with Rangers.[31]

After the loan spell ended, Maclaren said that he hoped Darmstadt would make him available for transfer.[32] On 3 August, Maclaren returned to Hibernian on a season-long loan.[33] This spell was less productive, as Maclaren only scored one goal and he struggled to hold down a regular place in the starting lineup.[34] The Hibs terminated the loan on 31 January 2019.[34]

Melbourne City[edit]

On 31st January 2019, Maclaren signed for A-League club Melbourne City FC on a marquee deal to see him at the club till May 2022. He scored in his first game for City with a backheel against Adelaide United on 9 February. He won the Golden Boot that season with 22 goals, three more than the nearest competitor, Adam Le Fondre.[citation needed]

On 6 March 2021, Maclaren scored and assisted two in Melbourne City's 6–0 away win over city rivals Melbourne Victory.[35] On the next meeting on 17 April 2021, he became the first player to score five goals in the A-League regular season history, and just the second of all time, as the hosts won 7–0.[36] He became Melbourne City's record goalscorer with 58 goals on 13 May 2021, when his team won 4–1 against Adelaide United at home overtaking Bruno Fornaroli with 57 goals.[37]

International career[edit]

Maclaren training with Australia in 2017

His international career started when he was called up for Scotland under-19, who he was eligible to play for through his father Donald.[38] Maclaren made two appearances for the team, playing against Denmark and Norway. Maclaren was then involved with the Australian under-20 squad, and scored a goal against the hosts Turkey in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[39]

Maclaren joined the Australian under-23 team ("Olyroos") for 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[40] and another two goals against Myanmar,[41] achieving the second highest tally for the qualification stage out of the entire AFC.[42] Maclaren was named in the Australian squad for the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship,[43] where he played every minute of Australia's campaign in three games against the UAE, Vietnam and Jordan, scoring against Vietnam.[44][45][46]

In February 2016, Maclaren announced that he pledged to play for Australia rather than Scotland, but later expressed his pride at having been selected for the young Scots.[38] In May 2016, Maclaren was called up to the Socceroos for the first time for a friendly match away to England,[47] in which he started.[48][49] 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 Third Round match against Thailand in Bangkok. He started the match, playing 57 minutes in the eventual 2–2 draw before being substituted for Nathan Burns. He was again called up for the final two Round 3 matches in August and September 2017, coming on in the 71st minute of the crucial final match at home to Thailand, which the Socceroos won 2–1.[50]

Maclaren dropped out of the Australia squad later in 2017, due to his lack of playing time at Darmstadt. A major factor in him seeking a loan move in January 2018 was to try and earn selection for the 2018 World Cup squad.[51] He was named in a 32-man provisional squad for the World Cup,[52] but was cut from the 26-man squad to go to a pre-tournament camp in Turkey.[53] Following an injury to Tomi Juric, Maclaren was added to the training squad.[54] He played in a preparatory friendly match against Czech Republic,[55] and was selected in the final 23-man squad.[56]

Incoming Socceroo coach Graham Arnold selected Maclaren in the Australian squad for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.[57] He came on as a 64th minute substitute in the only pre-tournament friendly against Oman, and started all three matches in the group stage; a loss against Jordan, having a potential equaliser ruled offside, the second match against Palestine, scoring his first international goal in the 18th minute with a header from a Tom Rogic cross, and the last game, a win against Syria. Maclaren continued in the starting XI for the Socceroos in the first knockout stage match, against Uzbekistan, playing the first 75 minutes before being replaced by Apostolos Giannou in the eventual win on penalties. He was named to start alongside Giannou in a changed two-striker formation in the Quarter Final against hosts UAE.

Maclaren scored a hat-trick in a 5–0 win against Nepal on 10 October 2019.[58]

Personal life[edit]

Maclaren holds a British passport, and is half-Maltese through his mother.[38] This partial Maltese heritage led to Malta approaching Maclaren to play for them, however, he turned down the request.[59] His father Donald had a short career as a footballer with Dunfermline Athletic (after failing to break through at Heart of Midlothian) prior to emigrating to Australia,[60] while his paternal uncle Ross MacLaren played in the English leagues with Shrewsbury Town, Derby County and Swindon Town.[49][61]

Maclaren is an Aston Villa fan.[62]

Career statistics[edit]


As of match played 25 May 2021[63]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Perth Glory 2013–14 A-League 18 2 18 2
2014–15 A-League 20 9 2 0 22 9
Total 38 11 2 0 40 11
Brisbane Roar 2015–16 A-League 25 20 1 0 26 20
2016–17 A-League 28 20 1 0 6[c] 3 35 23
Total 53 40 2 0 6 3 61 43
Darmstadt 98 2017–18 2. Bundesliga 7 0 1 0 8 0
Hibernian (loan) 2017–18 Scottish Premiership 15 8 0 0 15 8
2018–19 Scottish Premiership 12 1 0 0 1 0 2[d] 0 15 1
Total 27 9 0 0 1 0 2 0 30 9
Melbourne City 2018–19 A-League 9 5 0 0 9 5
2019–20 A-League 25 23 5 6 30 29
2020–21 A-League 24 25 24 25
2021–22 A-League 0 0 0 0
Total 58 53 5 6 63 59
Career total 183 113 10 6 1 0 8 3 0 0 202 122
  1. ^ Includes FFA Cup, DFB-Pokal, Scottish Cup
  2. ^ Includes Scottish League Cup
  3. ^ Appearances in AFC Champions League
  4. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League


As of match played 15 June 2021[64]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Australia 2016 2 0
2017 3 0
2018 3 0
2019 7 5
2021 3 1
Total 18 6
As of match played 15 June 2021. Australia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Maclaren goal.
List of international goals scored by Jamie Maclaren
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 January 2019 Rashid Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 10  Palestine 1–0 3–0 2019 AFC Asian Cup
2 10 October 2019 Canberra Stadium, Canberra, Australia 14    Nepal 1–0 5–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 2–0
4 5–0
5 15 October 2019 National Stadium, Kaohsiung, Taiwan 15  Chinese Taipei 6–1 7–1
6 7 June 2021 Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait 16 2–0 5–1


Melbourne City


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FIFA World Cup Russia 2018: List of Players: Australia" (PDF). FIFA. 15 July 2018. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Team – Jamie Maclaren". Perth Glory FC Site. Football Federation Australia. Archived from the original on 10 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Jamie Maclaren". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Young Victorian Signs for Blackburn Rovers". Goal Weekly. 16 June 2010.
  5. ^ "Getting to Know....Jamie Maclaren!". Vital Football. 1 October 2012. Archived from the original on 25 June 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Blackburn Rovers confirm released list". Lancashire Telegraph. 4 June 2013.
  7. ^ Hope, Shayne (2 July 2013). "Glory sign young gun Maclaren". The West Australian.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ "NAB Young Footballer of the Year nominee for April". Football Federation Australia. 30 April 2015.
  12. ^ "Glory end the NPL-WA season in style". Perth Glory FC. 25 August 2014.
  13. ^ "5-star Glory salute Floreat". Perth Glory FC. 26 April 2014.
  14. ^ "Perth Glory beats Melbourne City thanks to MacLaren hat-trick". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 19 April 2015.
  15. ^ Davutovic, David (30 May 2015). "Jamie Maclaren in contract impasse with Perth Glory". Daily Telegraph.
  16. ^ Miller, Dale (16 May 2015). "Maclaren in legal bid to quit Glory". The West Australian.
  17. ^ "Perth Glory releases Jamie Maclaren". Perth Glory FC. 29 June 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ "Roar shock Wanderers in season opener". A League Official Website. 8 October 2015.
  20. ^ "Jamie Maclaren triple sends Brisbane Roar top with 5–0 win over Melbourne Victory". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 12 March 2016.
  21. ^ "Maclaren named NAB Young Footballer of the Year". Football Federation Australia. 26 April 2016.
  22. ^ Maclaren, Berisha Share Golden Boot Honours FourFourTwo Australia, 16 April 2017
  23. ^ "Jamie Maclaren signs for SV Darmstadt". Special Broadcasting Service. 19 May 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  24. ^ Match Report, Kicker, 4 August 2017
  25. ^ "Socceroos transfer news: Jamie Maclaren signs for Hibernian on loan". news.com.au. 8 January 2018.
  26. ^ "Maclaren Signs for Hibernian". Hibernian FC. 8 January 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  27. ^ "Dundee v Hibernian". BBC Sport. 24 January 2018.
  28. ^ "Rangers 1–2 Hibernian: victory 'up there' with beating Barca – Neil Lennon". BBC Sport. 3 February 2018. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  29. ^ McLauchlin, Brian (9 March 2018). "Hibernian 2–0 Heart of Midlothian". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  30. ^ "Hibernian 2–1 Celtic". BBC Sport. 21 April 2018.
  31. ^ McLauchlin, Brian (13 May 2018). "Hibernian 5–5 Rangers". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  32. ^ Hardie, David (15 May 2018). "Jamie Maclaren fears he could be priced out of return to Hibs". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  33. ^ "Hibernian announce loan deal for striker Jamie Maclaren". BBC Sport. 3 August 2018. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  34. ^ a b Atkinson, Mark (31 January 2019). "Jamie Maclaren leaves Hibs after club terminates loan". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  35. ^ "Melbourne Victory 0-6 Melbourne City". Melbourne City FC. 6 March 2021. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  36. ^ D’Urbano, Nick (17 April 2021). "A-League giants humiliated as star bags FIVE in historic derby belting". Fox Sports Australia.
  37. ^ Trevenen, Brett (13 May 2021). "Match Report: City 4-1 Adelaide". Melbourne City FC. Football Australia.
  38. ^ a b c Maclaren opens up about "cheeky" FFA, FTBl.com, 12 January 2018
  39. ^ "Country calls for duo". Blackburn Rovers F.C. 19 September 2012. Archived from the original on 21 July 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  40. ^ "Australia 6–0 Hong Kong – Match Summary". The Asian Football Confederation.
  41. ^ "Australia 5–1 Myanmar – Match Summary". The Asian Football Confederation.
  42. ^ "Top Goal Scorers (by Stage) – 2016 AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers". AFC.com.
  43. ^ Smithies, Tom (23 December 2015). "Olyroos squad: Aurelio Vidmar confirms squad for AFC Under 23s Championship". Fox Sports.
  44. ^ "Australia 0–1 United Arab Emirates". The Asian Football Confederation.
  45. ^ "Vietnam 0–2 Australia – Match Summary". The Asian Football Confederation.
  46. ^ "Jordan 0–0 Australia – Match Summary". The Asian Football Confederation.
  47. ^ Greco, John (11 May 2016). "Fresh faces named for Caltex Socceroos' England clash". Socceroos.com.au. Football Federation Australia.
  48. ^ "England 2 – 1 Australia". BBC Sport. 27 May 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  49. ^ a b "Jamie Maclaren: The making of a Socceroo". A-League. 8 June 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  50. ^ Socceroos edge Thailand on frustrating night, as it happened, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Dean Bilton, 5 September 2017
  51. ^ "Jamie Maclaren: Striker eyes World Cup place & return to Hibernian". BBC Sport. 4 May 2018. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  52. ^ https://www.espn.co.uk/football/fifa-world-cup/story/3487741/australias-provisional-world-cup-squad-includes-tim-cahill-daniel-arzani
  53. ^ "Confirmed: Van Marwijk's six outs in Caltex Socceroos 26-man squad". Football Federation Australia. 15 May 2018.
  54. ^ "Maclaren joins up with Socceroos squad". The World Game. 28 May 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  55. ^ "Australia 4–0 Czech Republic". BBC Sport. 1 June 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  56. ^ "Socceroos World Cup squad: Jamie Maclaren survives the cut". The Guardian. 2 June 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  57. ^ Caltex Socceroos squad for AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019™ finalised, Football Federation Australia, 20 December 2018
  58. ^ "Jamie Maclaren hits hat-trick as Socceroos stroll to win over Nepal". The Guardian. 10 October 2019. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  59. ^ Rugari, Vince. "A-League contract news: Jamie Maclaren on his Brisbane Roar future". Fox Sports Australia. News Corporation. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  60. ^ Dunfermline Athletic: 1946/47 - 2013/14, Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database
  61. ^ Easter Road loan star Jamie Maclaren determined to follow in his dad’s footsteps by starring at Tynecastle – but for Hibs, Deadline News, 10 January 2018
  62. ^ "Australia's new star Jamie MacLaren admits Aston Villa love, should Steve Bruce take interest?". HITS Sports. News Corporation. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  63. ^ Jamie Maclaren at Soccerway
  64. ^ Jamie Maclaren at National-Football-Teams.com
  65. ^ https://au.soccerway.com/players/jamie-maclaren/299758/
  66. ^ "Glory star Castro wins Johnny Warren medal". Football Federation Australia. 26 April 2016.
  67. ^ "Milos Ninkovic wins Johnny Warren Medal". The World Game. SBS. 1 May 2017.
  68. ^ "Reds' players snubbed as PFA names team of the season". SBS. 28 April 2016.
  69. ^ "PFA announce A-League team of the season". The World Game. 27 August 2020. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  70. ^ "Maclaren, Berisha share Golden Boot honours". FourFourTwo. 16 April 2017. Archived from the original on 20 April 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  71. ^ "Maclaren claims second Golden Boot". 1116 SEN. 20 August 2020. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  72. ^ "Dolan Warren Awards: Maclaren collects A-League Golden Boot". A-League. 23 June 2021.
  73. ^ Lynch, Michael (6 December 2016). "Harry Kewell, Aaron Mooy and Lydia Williams scoop top PFA awards". The Age.

External links[edit]