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NZ winger Rojas inks Victory A-League deal

AAP logoAAP 25/08/2016 By Rob Forsaith

Melbourne Victory re-signing Marco Rojas has no regrets about his failed German sojourn and believes he returns to the A-League a better player.

Rojas signed a two-year contract with Victory on Thursday, linking up with the same club who helped him attract global attention.

He scored 15 goals and won the Johnny Warren Medal as A-League player of the year in 2012-13, which led to a four-year deal with German outfit Vfb Stuttgart.

But the 24-year-old struggled to get on the park for Stuttgart and the two parties mutually agreed earlier this week to terminate his contract.

"I've got no regrets. It didn't go perfectly but I learnt a lot," Rojas said in Melbourne.

"I've been away three years and I would be disappointed if I was exactly the same player as I was when I left.

"I've learnt a few different tricks and gained some experience from playing and training with the international players."

Rojas admitted football had become somewhat of a drag in his final months with Stuttgart.

The New Zealand international was also desperate to rediscover his mojo before the 2017 Confederations Cup.

"I needed to find something new. I spoke to VfB and they felt the same way," he said.

"It wasn't the best situation and I kind of realised I was a bit surplus to the club and, when that happens, it's not a good place to be.

"I'm still wanting to get better as a footballer, I need to learn and I didn't think it would be the place to do that.

"It was pretty much why I decided it was time to come back."

The Hamilton-born winger started his A-League career with Wellington, the Phoenix being one of many clubs who had been interested in recruiting him.

"There would always be a consideration (for Wellington) because New Zealand is where I was born," he said.

"But Melbourne was where I thought would be best for me.

"We've always kept in touch with Melbourne and I had a good time here, it's familiar to me and maybe that will help me get back to (top form)."

Rojas still harbours ambitions of playing in Europe's top leagues but is happy to put them on ice for two seasons.

"I want to play as high up as I can ... (but) I need to do my talking on the pitch," he said.

"I need to prove that I can do what I did when I was here in the A-League.

"Once I do that, I can think about all the other stuff."

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