Home is where the Heart is for Garcia

HOME is where the Heart is and that's now in Melbourne for Socceroos midfielder Richard Garcia.

The 30-year-old has left England and come home to Australia after signing a one-year deal to play for the Melbourne Heart in the A-League.

Garcia, who has played 14 times for the Socceroos, spent 10 years in England, making over 250 first team appearances for West Ham, Leyton Orient, Colchester United and Hull City.

He was not offered a new contract to play for Hull in the Championship, so will now join fellow signings Josip Tadic, Patrick Gerhardt, Dylan Macallister, Golgol Mebrahtu, Andrew Redmayne, Steven Gray and David Vrankovic at the John Aloisi-coached Heart.

Aloisi believes Garcia's experience will be a priceless asset for his team.

"The experience he possesses isn't something you encounter too often," he said. "Having been a professional in England at a high level, and as a World Cup veteran, he will assume a leadership role on the pitch and will be an important guide for our younger players."



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