Marco Tilio will return to Melbourne City on loan for the remainder of the 2023/24 A-League Men season. Photo supplied by Melbourne City

Melbourne City have been busy to end the January transfer window, and welcome a fan favourite back to the club on loan.

Marco Tilio will rejoin the club on a loan deal from Celtic until the end of the 2023/24 season after he is done with the Socceroos at the Asian Cup at Qatar.

Tilio signed with Celtic in June last year from Melbourne City, but said he is thrilled to be back at the club.

“I’m thrilled to be back at City. The memories and experiences from my time here are unforgettable, and I can’t wait to contribute to the team’s success once again,” Tilio said.

“The support from the fans has always been incredible, and I’m eager to create more memorable moments together this season.” 

Melbourne City have also signed James Jeggo from Hibernian, which will see Jeggo at the club until the end of the 2024/25 A-League Men season, with an option to extend until the 2025/26 season.

Jeggo said he was delighted to be joining City.

“I am delighted to be joining Melbourne City for the next couple of seasons. It’s an opportunity that really excites me and one I’m really looking forward to,” Jeggo said. 

“After eight years abroad, now was the right time for me to return home to Melbourne and I can’t wait to get to work and meet the City fans.  

“This is a Club that has had great success in recent years. Its professionalism and facilities are second to none in the country and I want to play my part in adding to that success.”

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Melbourne City FC Director of Football, Michael Petrillo, said that he was thrilled to have both Tilio and Jeggo at the club.

“[Tilio’s] impact during his previous stay with us was significant, and we believe his technical skills, pace and work ethic will add another dimension to our attack,” Petrillo said. 

“Marco’s return is a testament to the strong relationships we maintain, and we’re grateful to Celtic FC for facilitating this loan.”

James Jeggo will wear the number 8 jersey at Melbourne City. Photo supplied by Melbourne City

“[Jeggo’s] considerable experience in Europe and with the Socceroos will add significant depth to our midfield. He’s a highly skilled footballer who will further strengthen our squad as we embark on the business end of the season.  

“Not only will James bring an abundance of experience both in Australia and abroad, he’s a player that will suit our style of play and one that City fans will enjoy watching over the coming seasons.” 

The two moves followed key departures to the City A-League Men squad.

Hamza Sakhi departed the club for personal reasons, while Aziz Behich is going out on loan to Al-Nassr for the remainder of the season, and he will link up with his new side following the Asian Cup, with the Saudi Pro League to resume on February 7.

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