There were two stories of note this week for our Australian men playing abroad, as we focus on the English and French second divisions.
Since leaving Adelaide United for the second time after being sold to MLS expansion side Charlotte FC, Riley McGree has been playing for Birmingham City on loan, and this season was sold to Middlesbrough.
Since the move, McGree has made eight appearances with four starts, amassing 455 minutes in that time. It took until a trip to Swansea City for McGree to open his account with Middlesbrough, but it was a wait that was well worth it.
In the 46th minute of the match, Swansea attempted to play out from the back, which went awry and led to a turnover about 25 yards out from goal to the feet of McGree who took a few steps forward and decided to shoot.
With the ball copping a deflection on the way through, the keeper had absolutely no chance to stop it and McGree’s strike would be the only goal for Middlesbrough in a 1-1 draw with Swansea City.
To go along with the goal, McGree played a crucial part in the performance of Middlesbrough, with 29 touches, five recoveries, and three key passes in his 90 minutes of game time.
With three games remaining in the season and Middlesbrough’s place firmly secured in the Championship for next season, McGree will have some more opportunities to impress and score some more goals.
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McGree was not the only Australian who had a bumper week, as Denis Genreau was part of a 2-0 win for Toulouse FC which saw the Ligue 2 side secure promotion to Ligue 1 with three games remaining on the season.
In this particular game against Niort, Genreau came off the bench in the 62nd minute, but he was still a key part of the squad this season, making 32 appearances with 19 starts, amassing 1781 minutes of game time, one goal, and four assists.
If Genreau stays with Toulouse, it will make him the first Australian to play in Ligue 1 since Mile Sterjovski left Lille in 2004.
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