Raby local Jake McGing signs with Macarthur FC

Jake McGing has signed with the Macarthur FC Bulls.
Jake McGing has signed with the Macarthur FC Bulls.

Macarthur FC has signed their first Macarthur born-and-bred local - Jake McGing.

The Raby resident grew up playing junior football for the Eschol Park Wolves and Macarthur Rams before making the move to the A-League in 2015.

The six-foot defender has played 90 matches in Australia's top league with the Central Coast Mariners. He has also played with Polish top tier side Wisla Plock.

McGing said he was thrilled to be representing his hometown as a member of the Bulls.

"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity," the 26-year-old said.

"To represent Campbelltown, the area I love and have grown up in, is a great honour, but to be part of building an A-League club in my hometown from the very beginning is massive.

Jake McGing as a child playing for the Eschol Park Wolves.

Jake McGing as a child playing for the Eschol Park Wolves.

"I have great memories playing my junior football in the area and I'm excited to put on the Macarthur colours.

"I'm looking forward to playing at Campbelltown Stadium in front of my family and friends and making them proud."

Macarthur FC coach Ante Milicic said McGing's acquisition would be inspirational for local juniors.

"When building a team from scratch you want to bring players to the club that will all bring different qualities to the team," he said.

"No doubt Jake is a quality player on the field, but what he can bring off the pitch is just as important for us.

"Being a local, he can inspire the next generation playing in the Campbelltown area."

McGing becomes the third new signing to join the Bulls this week.

The club announced National Premier League players Michael Ruhs and Liam Rose had also joined the herd earlier this week.

The pair had been training with the Bulls for the past few weeks. They previously played with NPL1 team Sydney United 58.

Ruhs is currently sitting his HSC at Thomas Hassall Anglican College (Middleton Grange), while Rose is a Bossley Park High School alum.

Ruhs was part of the Australian Joeys under-17s World Cup squad in Brazil in 2019, and Rose had a short stint with Ararat-Armenia in the Armenian Premier League after finishing with the Mariners in 2018.

"I am extremely grateful for the opportunity Ante has provided me in joining Macarthur FC," Ruhs said.

"To be in this position, training and learning from Ante and the other experienced players is something I won't be taking for granted."

Rose echoed his sentiments.

"The opportunity to be part of an inaugural A-League club is something very special," he said.

"I would like to thank Ante for believing in me.

"It is great to be back in the A-League environment.

"We have a great bunch of boys and I am excited to be playing at Campbelltown Stadium in front of family and friends."

Milicic welcomed both newcomers to the club.

"Michael and Liam have shown great potential in their careers to date," he said.

"While Liam is no stranger to A-League football, providing him opportunities with some of the senior members of the squad will be very beneficial for his development.

"For Michael, being around the first team week in week out, will be very beneficial for his growth as a player and person.

"Both men have been working hard in the NPL this season, and they have earned their opportunity."

The A-League season kicks off on December 27. The Bulls will play home games out of Campbelltown Stadium and train at Fairfield Showground.