The centre forward has also spent time at Reading, Bristol City, Nottingham Forest and most recently alongside ex-Socceroo Mark Milligan at Southend United.
In 172 games for the Shrimpers, Cox scored 45 goals across three seasons. He said a chat with Sydney FC marksman Adam Le Fondre had convinced him to make the move to Australia.
“He said great things about the league and the Wanderers set-up,” Cox said. “I spoke to Radi (Radoslaw Majewski) as well, who I played with at Nottingham Forest, and he said really good things about the club too so I am really looking forward to arriving and getting started.”
Klopp also praised Daragh for his passion for football.
He added “Having read your letter, I think I can safely say one thing that will not change is your passion for football.
“United are lucky to have you. I hope if we are lucky enough to win more games and lift some more trophies you will not be too disappointed as although our clubs are great rivals we also share a great respect for one another. This is what football is all about. Take care and good luck, Jurgen.”
This story originally appeared in The Sun and was reproduced with permission.
Socceroo Mathew Leckie has opened up on his German nightmare, revealing he will “do everything he can to leave” Hertha Berlin having been frozen out of first team football.
Leckie is still contracted with the Bundesliga side until 2021 but a lack of game time this season down to “frustrating” politics this season has the former Adelaide United determined to head for the exit.
It has been a tumultuous season for Hertha, cycling through three separate managers — including a disastrous nine-game spell with World Cup winner Jurgen Klinsmann at the helm before the German resigned via a Facebook post last week.
“I wanted to leave (before this season) and I had the feeling a lot would change,” Leckie told foxsports.com.au.
“Looking back for the family it was the best option (to stay) but I probably should have left.
“In the summer regardless if there’s a new coach coming in or not I think I’ll do everything I can to leave.
“I want a new start and a fresh environment.”
The 29-year-old has made just four Bundesliga appearances this season and hasn’t played a minute since November, but fans hoping Leckie will return to the A-League next season shouldn’t get their hopes up.
“I want to stay in Europe I think, wherever it may be,” he said.
“I am not against staying in Germany, obviously I am well aware of the league so I am happy to stay in Germany.
“I just need to see what my options are.”
Hertha has spent over $A170 million since an investment from German millionaire Lars Windhorst catapulted them to be among the richest clubs in the Bundesliga in June last year.
The spending spree meant Leckie was left out in the cold while the new recruits took centre stage, and despite yet another managerial change he is not expecting his game-time to increase. Alexander Nouri is currently interim manager at the club.
“It’s just frustrating because I don’t really have an opportunity to play regardless of how I train or what I do,” said the 63-times capped Socceroo.
“It’s just politics have come in which I completely understand but still not being able to play and having no impact on changing that can be frustrating.”
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Socceroos boss Graham Arnold is sure to be sweating over the match fitness of his star winger, with two World Cup qualifiers in March against Kuwait and Nepal all that separates the Socceroos from locking horns with some of the world’s best at the Copa America in June.
“The Copa America is going to be a great experience,” Leckie said.
“It’s something different for Australia so hopefully I can stay fit until March and then play a couple games in the qualifying window and get myself fit.
“You can be as fit as anything but match fitness is a different thing so I need some momentum by playing some games so Copa America falls right into place for preparing for the next season.”