Australian international defender Jon McKain has joined Adelaide United for the next three A-League seasons. McKain, 28, who spent last season with Saudi Arabian club Al-Nasr, played in Australia's last two friendlies against New Zealand and Serbia among 16 games for his country.
McKain, who played two A-League seasons with Wellington Phoenix before his departure to Saudi Arabia, provides Reds head coach Rini Coolen with added depth in defence after the loss of Iain Fyfe and Robert Cornthwaite to South Korea last season.
Having endured an anxious wait in regards to the paperwork of the move, McKain can finally focus on returning to Australia. "The last week to ten days have been a bit frustrating but I knew there would be an end, it wasn't something we were fighting against, it was just a process we had to go through," McKain said. "Once we cleared all of that it was a pretty straightforward process and quite an easy decision for me.
"There were a couple of options to explore but I was looking to come back to Australia and once I spoke to Rini and (director of football) Michael (Petrillo) about the plans for the team and what they want to do this season for the future of Adelaide, it was an easy decision. Seeing the squad Adelaide have got together here is something I'm excited to be part of and more importantly it's something I want to be part of."
His acquisition continues a solid recruitment drive by the Reds ahead of October's new season, and he joins fellow current Socceroo Dario Vidosic and fringe national team striker Bruce Djite in Adelaide. "Jon was already on our radar for a number of months. It's fantastic we can fit him in our squad, first of all because he's an Australian player with a lot of experience and leadership that we need," Coolen said.
"He is also an excellent communicator on the field, that's what we were looking for because we lost several defenders last season, so finding out that Jon was available was fantastic. He's 28 so it's a good period in his life, he wants to bring some stability into his life and settle in Adelaide for three years with his family."