Matt McKay : biography
Matthew Graham "Matt" McKay (born 11 January 1983) is an Australian football (soccer) player who plays for Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai and the Australia national team.
McKay played for Brisbane Roar since their first season in the A-League, and was their club captain. His most successful season, on both the club scale and at international level, came in the 2010–11 season, in which he led Brisbane to their first ever A-League championship and premiership, and also played an integral role in Australia's second placing in the 2011 AFC Asian Cup.
McKay attended Brisbane Grammar School and played for the School's First XI. After graduating from Brisbane Grammar, McKay spent his formative youth years at both the QAS and AIS. McKay's first club signing was in 1991 for the Sunnybank Saints Soccer Club, competing under the Queensland Christian Soccer Association. McKay was signed by NSL team the Brisbane Strikers in 2001, where he stayed until the conclusion of the 2003–04 National Soccer League season. McKay's last game for the Strikers was a 4–1 Victory over Adelaide United in the Elimination Final #1 as the Strikers could only level the tie 4–4 and bow out of the finals on away goals.
McKay signed on as an inaugural member of the, then, Queensland Roar prior to the 2005–06 season – the first in the history of the A-League. McKay was given the number 15 shirt, which he has retained throughout his career at the Roar. Initialliy signed as a squad player behind the more established South Korean duo Hyuk-Su Seo and Tae-Yong Shin, McKay quickly got his opportunity due to a career-ending injury suffered by Shin in the clubs' first ever A-League fixture, against the now defunct, New Zealand Knights. Following the departure of club captain, Craig Moore midway through the 2009–10 season, McKay was named as club captain. He has played the second highest number of games for the Roar on 130 (Massimo Murdocca currently holds that record – 146), scoring 18 goals.
McKay led Brisbane to their first A-League premiership and championship in 2011. The Roar topped the table, and continued their record-breaking 28-game (run finished at 36) unbeaten run with a miraculous 4–2 (2–2 aet) penalty shoot-out win over the Central Coast Mariners in the 2011 A-League Grand Final. It was reported after the match that a stirring speech by McKay at half-time in extra time boosted the Roar's morale sufficiently to unbelievably overcome a 2–0 deficit.
During his time at Brisbane Roar, McKay has had two loan spells during the A-League offseason in order to maintain his fitness and increase his chances for selection for Australia's 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign's. In 2006 McKay went on loan to K-League team Incheon United F.C. where he made no appearances in official matches. His second loan spell was in 2009 when McKay had a spell at Changchun Yatai F.C. in the Chinese Super League where he made 15 appearances.
On 16 August 2011 Rangers confirmed the signing of McKay awaiting a work-permit, which was granted three days later, with a UK work visa granted a week later. McKay made his Rangers debut against Dundee United on 10 September 2011, coming on as a late substitute.
On 10 January 2012, McKay played and scored in a 4-1 friendly win over Scottish Premier League team Kilmarnock F.C.. On 12 January 2012, it was reported that he had reject the chance to go on loan to Al Ittihad who reportedly made an offer to Rangers of a loan-to-buy deal.
Rangers began to have financial problems and on 14 February 2012 a dispute with HMRC came to a head when the business was placed into administration. Rangers were deducted 10 points as per SPL rules, which left them 14 points behind leaders Celtic.
On 22 February 2012, Rangers confirmed that they had agreed a fee with South Korean club Busan IPark for midfielder Matt McKay.
In January 2013, McKay signed a two-year deal with Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai.
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