Australian international becomes first Charlotte FC player sold for profit in Club history and joins English Championship side pushing for Premier League promotion
CHARLOTTE, NC (14, January, 2022) – Charlotte FC today announced midfielder Riley McGree has joined Middlesbrough FC on a permanent transfer.
The Australian, who joined as the Club’s second-ever signing in October 2020, spent the last year and a half on loan at Birmingham City where he made 30 appearances for the Blues in the English Championship.
“We knew Riley was being tracked by a lot of clubs across Europe after his successful spell at Birmingham, and we finally fielded an offer that was too good to turn down. To sell a player for profit that has never played a game for your Club is a testament to our incredible scouting department who identified Riley as a player with a bright future,” said Sporting Director Zoran Krneta. “We will invest this transfer fee back into our inaugural roster as we continue to build towards the start of 2022. Everyone at the Club wishes Riley the best of luck at Middlesbrough and throughout the rest of his career.”
Middlesbrough currently sit 7th place in the English Championship, the country’s second division. The club, an original member of the Premier League, are looking to return to the English topflight for the first time since 2017.