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By ESPN Staff

Aussie striker McDonald joins Millwall

Socceroos striker Scott McDonald has signed for Championship club Millwall on a free transfer after Middlesbrough agreed to pay up the final year of his contract.

McDonald has a two-year deal with the south London club, who reached the FA Cup semi-finals last season.

The 29-year-old scored 13 times for Middlesbrough in the English second tier last season, but the Teeside officials were keen to reduce the coast of his reported STG30,000 ($A50,000) -a-week salary.

Millwall manager Steve Lomas moved quickly to land the former Celtic star and McDonald, who hit the winner for the Glasgow club in a Champions League tie against AC Milan in 2007, admitted he feels revitalised by the move.

"It has been well documented that Middlesbrough wanted to move in a different direction. I worked really hard and was successful again last season but finances play a big part in football and they wanted to downsize," McDonald said.

"As a player, you can only do as much as you can with the contract you've been given until someone else wants to get you. Millwall showed a real hunger and desire to sign me."

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