DYLAN McGOWAN has joined the Australian club Adelaide United on a two-year contract following his release from Hearts.
The defender underwent a medical at United’s Hindmarsh Stadium on Wednesday after deciding to return to his home city to continue his career.
McGowan spent six seasons in Edinburgh after following older brother Ryan to Scotland in 2008. He was released along with senior players Jamie Hamill, Jamie MacDonald and Ryan Stevenson last month. Having supported Adelaide as a child, he accepted their offer of a two-year deal.
“I enjoyed my time at Hearts and after spending six years away from home, I knew the time was right,” said McGowan. “Being an Adelaide boy, I’ve always been an Adelaide fan so I paid close attention to the team. Last season I watched a lot of games where the coaching and playing staff were really exciting and bringing a new brand of football to the club. I just wanted to be a part of it.”
McGowan explained that the philosophy of Adelaide’s head coach Josep Gombau was a big factor in his return to his homeland. “Gombau’s style and philosophy that he brought in are widely praised and it’s one of the main reasons I signed,” added McGowan. “The league as a whole is improving. It’s on par with Scotland and probably playing better football. So as soon as the opportunity arose, it was a pretty easy decision.”
Gombau stated that McGowan’s versatility – he can play right-back, centre-back and midfield – attracted him to the 22-year-old. “He is a strong, athletic and young player with good experience in Europe and at an international level,” said Gombau.
“I know he can help us in our back four as well as in midfield. He’s a well-rounded player, which isn’t always easy to find. We are also bringing back home a South Australian player, which follows our vision in having SA players playing for Adelaide United.”
Meanwhile, as reported in Saturday’s Evening News, Hearts could be out of administration on Monday if all goes to plan. The club’s administrators, BDO, hope to have all documents signed and presented to Edinburgh’s Court of Session in time to exit administration at the start of next week.
A delay of a few days may occur but the club are expected to formally exit administration in advance of June 19 – the one year anniversary of their financial collapse.