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Melb City sign Rose, lose Melling, Clisby

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 12/08/2016 Ben McKay and Vince Rugari

The doors at City Football Academy keep swinging, with Central Coast veteran Josh Rose joining the A-League club as Jacob Melling and Jack Clisby depart.

A day after Socceroo legend Tim Cahill joined Melbourne City, Western Sydney pounced on Melling and Clisby as the A-League transfer window heated up.

Both City and the Wanderers can be happy with their business, but the loss of Rose is another blow to the embattled Mariners.

The left-back was contracted to Central Coast but was granted a release in the wake of Tony Walmsley's sacking earlier this week as coach.

Rose, 34, has a chance at winning a second A-League title after becoming the latest player to join City's star-studded ranks, signing a one-year deal.

He said he had mixed emotions about leaving the Mariners, where he had played since 2010, making 177 A-League appearances.

"I'm sad to be leaving this club that I've been a part of for six seasons now but really excited for my new adventure," Rose said.

Rose said a big part of his decision to leave was to allow more opportunities for young left-back Mickey Neill.

But his departure is exactly what Central Coast don't need as they continue a frantic search for a new coach.

Wanderers coach Tony Popovic signed Clisby, 24, after the departure of full-back Scott Jamieson to Swedish club IFK Gothenburg.

The addition of midfielder Melling, 21, appears a good piece of business.

While Clisby was largely unloved by City's fans, Melling's tenacious play made him a favourite at AAMI Park.

In a statement, he took a dig at his former club's ambitions and match-day atmosphere.

"It was time to move to a club that always aspires to be the best," Melling said.

"Playing against the Wanderers is very intimidating - especially in Western Sydney - and to play in that atmosphere, with that fan group behind me, will be an incredible experience."

Melling and Clisby have signed two-year deals.

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