‘Unfinished business’ driving hometown Socceroos after A-Leagues contract renewals

Melbourne City stars Mathew Leckie and Andrew Nabbout have extended their contracts by two years with the Isuzu UTE A-League side.

Socceroo Leckie and fellow Australia international Nabbout have committed to City until at least the end of the 2025-26 season, with both players holding an option for a third.

One of the competition’s best players, former Hertha Berlin forward Leckie has been a shining light since returning to his hometown in Melbourne in 2021, part of two Premiership-winning teams in 2021-22 and 2022-23.


The 33-year-old, who scored at the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup as the Socceroos reached the last 16 in Qatar but saw his 2023-24 campaign hampered by injuries, has scored 19 goals and tallied 14 assists in 67 appearances for City.

“Three years ago, I made the decision to return to my hometown and I’m so glad that I did,” said Leckie, whose City lost to Melbourne Victory in the Elimination Final.

“It’s been amazing to have enjoyed so much success in the past, but after how this season ended, I feel like we have some unfinished business. 

“I’ll be doing everything I can to ensure we’re back fighting for silverware over the next two years.” 

Nabbout has played 92 matches and scored 12 goals to go with 20 assists since joining City in 2020.

The 31-year-old and 11-time Socceroo won the 2021 Isuzu UTE A-League Championship with City, while also celebrating three straight Premierships.

Nabbout, who was limited to 10 appearances this term, added: “I’ve loved my four years at City, and the club has really become my home; I’m so proud of what we’ve been able to achieve as a group since I arrived. 

“Personally, it’s been a frustrating season cut short by injury, but I’m as driven as ever to put in a massive pre-season, get my body 100%, and help take this club back to where we belong. 

“I’m looking forward to the next two seasons and can’t wait to get to work.” 

The pair’s renewals comes on the back of Aurelio Vidmar’s appointment as head coach on a permanent basis.


“We’re thrilled that both Mathew and Andrew have committed to the Club for the next two seasons. Their talent, leadership and professionalism make them incredibly valuable members of our squad both on and off the pitch,” said City director of football Michael Petrillo.

“They know what it takes to win because they are winners; they have been here during a period when we have been remarkably successful. 

“Players of strong character and a team-first mentality aren’t easy to find. Our youngsters coming through in the next few years are going to need these types of people around them to help guide them along the journey to becoming elite players.”