Former Melbourne Victory captain, Mark Milligan, is returning the club he led to the A-League Championship two years ago.

The Socceroos midfielder was on the verge of securing a move to England, however, was unable to gain a work permit.

The 31-year-old then decided to return to the Victory and sign a one-year marquee deal.

“England’s somewhere I’ve always looked at as a place I’d like to play at, but as I said, it was tough that it was out of my control,” Milligan explained.

“Because it was out of my hands it was something I needed to accept.

“This was part of my small journey after coming off contract.

“The national team is very important to me, so the UAE, football wise, with the national team was difficult because I had to do so much work on my own.

“At Victory I know what I’m going to get day in day out … I know what kind of condition I am going to be in. It takes away a bit of the stress of having to do it on my own.”

Milligan played 73 matches for the Victory from 2012 to 2015, before accepting a lucrative two-year deal to join UAE club, Banyias SC.