Riley McGree

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Riley McGree
Personal information
Full name Riley Patrick McGree
Date of birth (1998-11-02) 2 November 1998 (age 19)
Place of birth Gawler, South Australia, Australia
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Melbourne City
(on loan from Club Brugge)
Number 8
Youth career
2003–2011 Gawler
2014–2016 Adelaide United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2016 Adelaide United Reserves 27 (1)
2016–2017 Adelaide United 17 (1)
2017– Club Brugge 0 (0)
2018Newcastle Jets (loan) 12 (5)
2018–Melbourne City (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2013 Australia U-17 2 (3)
2017– Australia U-23 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 April 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 January 2018

Riley Patrick McGree (born 2 November 1998) is an Australian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Melbourne City in the A-League on loan from Club Brugge of the Belgian First Division A.

Born in Gawler, South Australia, McGree played youth football for Gawler, the FFSA NTC and Adelaide United before starting his professional career with Adelaide United in 2016.

McGree was first called up to the Australian national team in 2017, having previously played for Australia under-17 in 2013.

In June 2018, Melbourne City signed Riley McGree on a one-year loan deal for the next A-League season.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

McGree was born and raised in Gawler, South Australia, to the north of Adelaide.[3] He joined Gawler as a four-year-old after the town's Australian rules football club was full, and remained with the Eagles for eight years.[3][4]

Club career[edit]

Adelaide United[edit]

McGree made his debut for Adelaide United in the A-League on 19 March 2016 in a draw with Western Sydney Wanderers.[5] He made his first start for the club in a 2016 FFA Cup loss to Redlands United on 3 August 2016, having been called up from the club's youth squad.[6] Two weeks later, McGree signed a one-year senior contract with Adelaide.[7] McGree scored his first goal for the Reds in his second A-League start, on 29 January 2017, with a shot from the edge of the area in a draw with Wellington Phoenix.[8]

Mcgree scored his first goal in the Asian Champions League in a 3-1 win over Jeju United on 11 April 2017.

Club Brugge[edit]

After impressing at Adelaide United, including being called up for the Australian national team, McGree left the national Australian league in July 2017 to join Belgian club Club Brugge.[9]

Loan to Newcastle Jets[edit]

On 19 December 2017, it was announced that McGree would be joining the Newcastle Jets on a short term loan deal for the remainder of the 2017–18 A-League season, as an injury replacement for Jake Adelson. The transfer would be officially be lodged in January, with him expected to join the squad in late January, due to his international commitments in 2018 AFC U-23 Championship.[10]

In that season's A-League semi-finals, McGree became the subject of international attention after scoring with a scorpion kick,[11] prompting calls for the FIFA Puskas Award for the most beautiful goal in the world that year.[12]

At the end of the season McGree returned to Club Brugge,[13] though Newcastle Jets looked to sign him on loan once more.[14]

Loan to Melbourne City[edit]

A few weeks after the announcement that McGree returned to Club Brugge, he returned to the A-League, joining Melbourne City on a season-long loan.[15]

International career[edit]

McGree was called up to the Australia under-17 team in August 2013 for the 2013 AFF U-16 Youth Championship in Myanmar.[16] He scored a hat-trick in the side's group stage win over Brunei.[17]

In March 2017, McGree was called up to the Australian team for the first time, for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against Iraq and UAE.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 28 April 2018[19]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Adelaide United 2015–16 A-League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2016–17 16 1 0 0 5[a] 1 0 0 21 2
Adelaide United 17 1 0 0 5 1 0 0 22 2
Club Brugge 2017–18 Belgian First Division A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Newcastle Jets



Adelaide United


  1. ^ "Riley McGree joins Melbourne City on loan from Club Brugge". Retrieved 2018-06-20. 
  2. ^ "Melbourne City sign McGree on loan | The World Game". The World Game. Retrieved 2018-06-20. 
  3. ^ a b Migliaccio, Val (27 January 2017). "Teenager Riley McGree's tough love paying off for Adelaide United". The Advertiser. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Migliaccio, Val (17 March 2017). "Socceroo Riley McGree is finally ridding Gawler Eagles of stigma". The Advertiser. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Adelaide United 0 – 0". Soccerway. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Reds bundled out of FFA Cup". Adelaide United FC. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Reds promote teen duo". FourFourTwo. 15 August 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  8. ^ Migliaccio, Valentino (29 January 2017). "Adelaide United once again fail to make most of home ground advantage". Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  9. ^ Migliaccio, Val (4 July 2017). "Club Brugge sign teenage A-Leauge sensation Riley McGree from the Reds". The Advertiser. 
  10. ^ Barnsley, Warren (20 December 2017). "Riley McGree to return to A-League in 2018 on loan from Club Brugge with Newcastle Jets". 
  11. ^ Riley McGree scores goal of the season as scorpion kick puts Newcastle Jets into A-League grand final, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 28 April 2018
  12. ^ World Reaction: Riley McGree’s scorpion goal puts A-League on the map! Fox Sports Australia, 28 April 2018
  13. ^ "Squad Check: Every Hyundai A-League in, out, squad". Football Federation Australia. 4 June 2018. 
  14. ^ Somerford, Ben (7 June 2018). "Newcastle Jets remain hopeful of new McGree deal". FourFourTwo. 
  15. ^ Gardiner, James (20 June 2018). "Scorpion king Riley McGree swaps Newcastle Jets for Melbourne City". The Newcastle Herald. 
  16. ^ "Vidmar selects his Joeys". Football Federation Australia. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  17. ^ "Joeys thump Brunei". Football Federation Australia. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  18. ^ "Socceroos name teenager Riley McGree for World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and UAE". ABC News. 8 March 2017. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  19. ^ "R. Mcgree". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 15 January 2018. 

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