City sign Olyroo O'Neill in A-League

Melbourne City have made their first signing since Patrick Kisnorbo took over as coach, securing former Burnley midfielder Aiden O'Neill on a three-year deal.

PATRICK KISNORBO assistant coach of Melbourne City.
PATRICK KISNORBO assistant coach of Melbourne City. Picture: Paul Kane/Getty Images

Melbourne City have signed Olyroos midfielder Aiden O'Neill on a three-year A-League deal from English Premier League club Burnley.

O'Neill, 22, spent last season on loan at Brisbane Roar after previously having loan stints at Central Coast, Fleetwood Town and Oldham Athletic.

He is City's first signing since Patrick Kisnorbo took over from Erick Mombaerts as coach last week.

"We have been following Aiden's career path closely and believe he is one of Australia's best young midfield prospects and we're very happy he has chosen to sign for our club on a three-year deal," City director of football Michael Petrillo said.

"Aiden's quality in the midfield as a player who is able to play as a defensive midfielder or in a more attacking role makes him an ideal, versatile player who will be able to fit straight into our City style of attacking football."

O'Neill made his Premier League debut in 2016 against Liverpool and had three total appearances before being sent out on loan.

He made 23 A-League appearances at the Mariners, then 17 at the Roar, while also helping the Olyroos qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

O'Neill said he was looking forward to pushing himself at City, who will commence pre-season training on October 5.

"Signing for the next three seasons shows my commitment to the club and I'm ready to establish myself in one of the strongest midfields in the league," he said.

City also confirmed winger Lachlan Wales' departure after 53 appearances and three goals in two seasons.