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Brisbane-based Souths United have pulled off a major transfer coup with the acquisition of former Caltex Socceroos defender Jon McKain.
The 16-time international, who most recently helped Kelantan FA to fourth in the Malaysia Super League, joins Souths for the upcoming Flight Centre Premier League season.
McKain was unveiled at Wakerley Park on Wednesday after spurning Hyundai A-League interest to settle back in his hometown for the first time in 14 years.
“The most important thing for me was that environment and that relationship with the people here,” McKain told FB Media.
“I got a good feeling straight away so that was really the main reason I decided to call this my home for the next period of time.
“I think I can offer a lot to the club, both to the players and off the field as well.”
McKain began his professional career with Brisbane Strikers in the National Soccer League before spending five years in Romania.
The versatile defender also enjoyed stints with Wellington Phoenix and Adelaide United and represented Australia at both the 2005 Confederations Cup and 2004 Olympic Games.
The 34-year-old is now eager to lend his experience to young players as he pursues a future in coaching.
“It’s definitely a passion of mine to be involved in football (beyond my playing career),” McKain said.
“I know having conversations with the club there are possibilities here at such a big community club like Souths to help develop some of the kids.
“It’s definitely something I’m interested in and part of the reason why I chose to come to this club.”