Melbourne City have managed to hold on to midfielder Aaron Mooy by persuading him to take a three year marquee deal instead of moving overseas.
Mooy, 24, was a standout for city last season, topping the team’s goalscoring charts with seven goals and eight assists in 27 matches.
Proving a vital and consistent contributor for John van’t Schip’s side, Mooy was instrumental in helping the team reach the A-League semifinals last season.
The midfielder claimed a hat-trick of awards at the Club’s Player of the Year Awards night in May, where he was awarded the Golden Boot, Etihad Supporters’ Player of the Year and the Player of the Year.
A key to Melbourne City FC’s campaign last season, van’t Schip moved to secure Mooy’s signature for the upcoming season and beyond.
“Aaron has demonstrated over the last 12 months his importance and value, not only to the team but also the club,” van’t Schip said. “He is an incredibly dedicated professional and has become a leader and role model for our younger players.
“We certainly see Aaron as being vital to our plans for the forthcoming season and beyond so we are very excited to have Aaron re-sign with the club. I’m sure our fans and members will be very pleased with news.”
Mooy missed just two matches last season – both due to international duty when he was selected for the Socceroos – during a campaign in which he established himself as the team’s pre-eminent performer in midfield.
He often appeared to single-handedly be keeping his side competitive, leading the league stats in balls into the penalty area, completed crosses, completed through balls and shot assists.
Defensively, Mooy was second in the competition for effective tackles, while he contributed to 47 per cent of City’s season goals.
The Sydney-born midfielder also topped the league in total crosses (250) and chances created (92), earning him widespread praise and Fox Sports’ Alex Tobin Award.
Mooy said he was extremely happy to pen a new deal with Melbourne City FC.
“I’m really excited to re-sign with City; I feel right at home at the Club and it’s a really exciting time to be here,” Mooy said. “The club is moving in the right direction and the players, coaching staff and the environment is one I really want to be involved in and a part of.
“I was really happy with my first season with the club, but I want to help the team continue to build and progress further this season.”
Mooy also revealed he will wear the number 8 this season at City.