Aiden O’Neill Set to Join Melbourne City
Burnley Football Club are set to lose another midfielder from the squad as Aiden O’Neill is now expected to join Melbourne City Football Club in the next few days as a replacement for the departing Denis Genreau. O’Neill, joined Central Coast Mariners on loan for one season, before joining Brisbane Roar on loan from the Clarets last seasons, but the Roar failed to land the Australia U23 international on a permanent three-year deal recently.
It’s a significant blow for fourth-placed Brisbane whose offer was flatly rejected by the Premier League club, just as they prepare for the A-League restart at home to Adelaide United in twelve days time. O’Neill, has been on City’s radar for some time and he was expected to make a permanent move from the Clarets, assuming a fee is agreed.
O’Neill, has made a total of 23 appearances for the Central Coast side and 17 appearances for his hometown club Brisbane Roar last season in a deep-lying role as they overcame a poor start to the season to jump into the final mix prior to Robbie Fowler’s shock exit. His current loan deal officially expired on 31st May 2020, but he was training with Brisbane until the beginning of last week.
O’Neill’s contract at Turf Moor was due to expire last month, however the club took the option to extend his deal until mid-2021. A part of the Olyroos squad which has qualified for next year’s Tokyo Olympics, O’Neill has made three senior appearances for Burnley and previously had loan spells at Fleetwood Town and Oldham Athletic.