McGree not fazed by Olyroos ban

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Riley McGree has put his Olyroos dramas behind him and responded with a two-goal brace against bitter arch-rivals Melbourne Victory.

McGree was suspended by FFA from internationals until April 2020 for an incident involving a woman whilst on Olyroos duty last March.

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Adelaide United coach Gertjan Verbeek believes the issue has not affected McGree and he was pleased with his reaction in their 3-1 win over Victory.

’’For Riley, it has been a closed book for a while now,” he said.

’’In terms of the punishment, I hope that Australia and the FFA make a good decision and they qualify for the Olympics because it’s even harder without Riley than it is with Riley.

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“I am glad he’s here.”

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The midfielder has scored six goals and is second on the top scorer’s list behind Melbourne City’s Jamie Maclaren.

His performance against the Victory was outstanding but it came as no surprise to Verbeek.

He said when he signed McGree he was searching for a coach who would use him and his qualities across the pitch.

’’I said okay, you get your chance and you have to grab it,” he said.

’’I think that Riley is the best in the 10 position and I use him there.

“You see his quality in the third goal tonight, he’s so strong, so fast and so hungry.

“He’s doing a great job.’’

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McGree’s impressive display ensured Adelaide’s former coach Marco Kurz had an unhappy homecoming in the city of churches.

The genius of his play allowed the Reds to dominate Victory and ensure a top three position as they prepare for Wellington Phoenix next weekend, in what is one of three home games in a row.

His two goal haul was the perfect response, after a week in which he was dealt with an international ban for unprofessional conduct in Cambodia.

Feature image credit: Adelaide United

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