Ex-Crystal Palace, Wolves, Rangers defender Muscat happy with Melbourne Victory decision

Melbourne Victory veteran Kevin Muscat says he has no regrets about returning to Australia at the time that he did.

The 37-year old former Crystal Palace, Wolves, Rangers and Millwall man left the UK in 2005 to join the A-League when he was 31 and still an Australian national team regular.

Many Australians who have left Europe during the peak of their career have been criticised for doing so but Muscat, who played his final game in Melbourne on Wednesday night, insists it was a great decision by him to come back when he did.

“I've thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm grateful for the fact I came back at an age where I could have some input,” Muscat told Fox Sports after the 1-1 Asian Champions League draw with Gamba Osaka at Etihad Stadium.

“But now the legs have gone, I'll be the first to admit I've slowed up a bit in the past 12 or 18 months. I've enjoyed my time here, and I owe this club more than they owe me.

“It's the longest I've spent at one club. Six seasons and we've had quite a bit of success here. I met a lot of good people from day one and long may it continue.”

Muscat said the response from the fans was great and hopes that the support for the Victory continues after he retires.

“It's nice. The appreciation I've got for them. I've been here six years and I feel I've endeared myself to the fans here. These fans have been the best since day one and long may it continue,” Muscat added.

 
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