Mark Milligan has expressed his deep regret with his football occupation. He also was cognizant of a new lesson after an unsuccessful transfer to the Premier League with Crystal Palace.
The former Socceroos captain, representing A-League new boys Macarthur FC this season, approached abandoning Melbourne Victory in order to join with Socceroo Mile Jedinak in South London in August 2013.
Milligan stated in an interview that he assumed the contract was appropriate and utilized the word of his then-chairman, Ange Postecoglou.
Milligan told Garb: “He sort of said to me, ‘Look, if it doesn’t get done now, it will get done soon. You’ll go, it will get done,’”
“And then obviously that was the period when two, maybe three weeks later, Ange left.”
Since then Milligan stayed in Melbourne for two more years before moving to Baniyas SC in the UAE.
The 80-cap Socceroo explained to Garb about his failed move. Also, his appreciation of Postecoglou and his effort for the midfielder’s occupation made him disappointed.
“That was probably the toughest bit for me. That I put a lot of faith in someone and – not being let down – but it taught me a hard lesson in football.
“At the end of the day, people have their own careers they have to look after as well. And at the time, my being at Victory was the best for the people there, and then when the national team came calling up it was best for him.
“That’s probably the one regret, if I have any regrets from my career, that I wasn’t a bit stronger with that.”
Milligan also foreshadowed his path into football, his play for England great Sol Campbell at Southend United, and his arrangement for the next season with A-League newbies Macarthur FC.