JVS still marvelling at Mooy marquee deal

John van ‘t Schip is still delighted Socceroo Aaron Mooy signed on as Melbourne City marquee after he almost left the club in the off-season.

Mooy signed a three-year marquee contract with City in August amid speculation of a move to Europe.

The talented 25-year-old midfielder has impressed in recent Socceroos performances and netted a double in City’s FFA Cup win over Heidelberg United last week.

Mooy could even make a mad dash back to Australia following Thursday’s World Cup qualifier in Jordan to make City’s Round One clash with Sydney FC on Saturday night.

“Aaron is continuing where he left off last season,” van ‘t Schip told FourFourTwo.

“He’s fresh, he’s eager and he wants to make the next step. He’s working hard, as are all the boys.

“I’m very happy that he stayed and signed a new deal.”

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City have a number of players unavailable for their opening clash with the Sky Blues.

Ivan Franjic, Jacob Melling, Ben Garuccio, Corey Gameiro, Harry Novillo and Aaron Hughes are out, while David Williams is a question mark.

“It’s tough to manage because they’re going to need to get into the team during the season once it has started,” he said.

“That’s something I’m going to have to deal with. I’m happy with the group that is fit and the other ones we just have to be mindful of on how to manage them and bring them back into the team and playing full games.

“We’ll only get stronger, because we’ll get numbers back in a few weeks and looking ahead that’s going to make us very competitive and strong.

“For now, the team looks good. We’ve played and trained with the players who are available for three or four months and they’re looking sharp and ready to go.”

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The Dutchman refused to be drawn on discussing expectations for this season, in his second campaign in charge of the big-spending club who made the semi-finals last term.

“We always look to get better,” he said. “The moment we get into the playoffs, then our goal is to play in the grand final.

“It’s more important first to get there that we have a more consistent season because that in general is going to help us in the playoffs to be a more steady team and a reliable team.

“That’s the first step that we have to make.”