Five things to get to know more about our new signing, Mark Milligan…
During his career so far, Milligan has made 79 international caps for Australia, scoring six goals and laying on five assists. He has also been selected in four World Cup squads for the Socceroos. In the most recent of those, the 2018 tournament in Russia, Milligan played in all three of his side’s group games. Since succeeding Mile Jedinak as captain, he has worn the armband on 13 occasions.
Milligan has spent a large part of his club career playing in his home country with the likes of Sydney FC, Newcastle United Jets and Melbourne Victory. He has also plied his trade in the J2 League in Japan for JEF United Chiba and the UAE Gulf League where he played for Baniyas SC. Milligan then went onto play for Saudi Arabian team Al-Ahli Jeddah as well as Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua. The 33-year-old has most recently moved to Essex off the back of a season playing for Hibernian in Scottish Premiership.
Career honours and appearances
During his playing career he has made a total of 367 club appearances, scoring 37 goals. Milligan also has two Australian Championship medals with the first coming in the 05/06 season for Sydney FC and the second coming for Melbourne victory in the 14/15 season. He was named in the A-League PFA Team of the Year three times on the bounce in the 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons. In 2015 Milligan also was part of the Australian team who won the Asian Cup in a 2-1 victory after extra time.
Taste of England
Milligan played an international friendly against England at the Stadium of Light in 2016. The 33-year-old started at centre back for Australia and ended up finishing the full 90 minutes. Australia were narrowly beaten 2-1 - Marcus Rashford opened the scoring on his England debut before Wayne Rooney scored the Three Lions’ second. Eric Dier’s own goal turned out to be a consolation for the Socceroos in the build up to the 2016 European Championships.
In his long and illustrious playing career Milligan has been used as a centre back and a defensive midfielder. The Australian has been used more in the defensive midfield role but when called upon at centre back he can show why he is such a versatile player. After signing, the 33-year-old told iFollow Blues that he will be seen more as a defensive midfielder for Blues. “I’m able to play in a few positions but from all our conversations I’m viewed as more of a defensive midfielder which suits me fine. That’s where I’ve played the majority of my career.”