MELBOURNE CITY have confirmed that they have signed the Celtic central defender Jack Hendry on an injury replacement contract.
Hendry, who travelled down to Australia at the weekend, is being brought into Melbourne as a replacement for Richard Windbichler, who is out with a long term hamstring injury.
A Brendan Rodgers signing from Dundee, Hendry has made 15 appearances for the Hoops and played in the Champions League defeat in Athens in August 2018 when Dedryck Boyata refused to play.
Hendry spoke to the Melbourne City website about his excitement at completing the move.
We’ve bolstered our backline with the signing of Jack Hendry!
— Melbourne City FC 🏙️ (@MelbourneCity) January 22, 2020
“I’m looking forward to the challenge of coming to Australia and continuing my development at Melbourne City,” the Celtic man said.
“It’s an exciting prospect to come to another league across the globe and play football and for the time I am at the Club, I’m fully committed to achieving success at Melbourne City.”
Melbourne City FC Director of Football Michael Petrillo reckons that Jack Hendry will add depth to the side’s defence .
“We are really pleased to be able to sign a defender of Jack’s ability to our squad,” he said.
“He comes to the Club with experience in the Scottish Premier League (sic) and with invaluable European competition experience.
“His physical attributes and composure on the ball is a welcome addition to the squad and will provide more competitive depth to our defence.”
Hendry should be available to play on Saturday in the match against Perth Glory but is still awaiting his visa approval, but Melbourne City seem to think that this will be done in time.
Hendry gets plenty of stick among our support but the lad always played and was certainly thrown into the deep end by Rodgers. It was a perhaps a case of too much too soon but despite his confidence suffering he never hid. In a less intense environment he can hopefully get his confidence back and in doing so his career back on track.
That is unlikely to be at Celtic while Neil Lennon is manager but we do wish him all the best for his time at Melbourne and hope that the move works out for him.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) January 22, 2020
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