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Nick Ansell returning to Melbourne Victory 'a better player'

They say you should never go back but Melbourne Victory defender Nick Ansell is hoping for happy returns at his former A-League home.

The centre-back has joined the Victory on a two-year deal after his stint with Portuguese club Tondela was cut short.

Ansell chose to come home a year into his contract after a confluence of events necessitated his return.

The 24-year-old has lost count of how many times he's been asked why he chose to come back.

"Yeah there's a stigma but it doesn't bother me," he...


Ex-Melbourne Victory defender Nick Ansell joins CD Tondela

Nick Ansell
Nick Ansell made 71 appearances for Melbourne Victory during his five-year spell at the club.

Former Melbourne Victory defender Nick Ansell has signed with Portuguese top-flight club CD Tondela.

The Australian departed the A-League grand finalists at the season's end to seek opportunities overseas after seven years at the club.

He played 19 games last season but was on the bench in the Grand Final loss to Sydney FC, behind preferred central defenders Alan Baro and James Donachie.

CD Tondela struggled in the Primeira Liga last season, avoiding relegation by goal difference.

The 23-year-old...

Nick Ansell header helps Melbourne Victory past Atletico Madrid

Nick Ansell
Nick Ansell nods home Melbourne Victory's winner vs. Atletico Madrid.

Melbourne Victory have beaten their second heavyweight European team in a week, defeating a second-string Atletico Madrid 1-0 at Simonds Stadium.

Nick Ansell's 44th minute header from Fahid Ben Khalfallah's free kick was enough to earn Victory the stunning result, coming after last Saturday night's penalty shoot-out win over Juventus.

Atletico were without many of their senior names after their exertions against Tottenham on Friday night, less than 48 hours prior.

It meant the 16,652-strong crowd...