Mauk enjoying 'surreal' Socceroos call up
Well it’s happened to Adelaide United midfielder Stefan Mauk.
Beginning his senior career with Melbourne Heart/City, he won a Premiership and Championship heading west to Adelaide United in January 2016. The Reds found themselves dead last at the end of Round 8.
It looked like the best deal of business Adelaide United had done, in swapping Osama Malik for the bullish youngster.
Mauk featured in the Olyroos squad, only to be disappointed they would not qualify for the 2016 Brazil Olympics, but now, the 20-year-old has the chance to play in the Socceroos against England as they prepare for UEFA Euro 2016.
An opportunity in which he admittedly thought would never come.
“Not really, I guess it’s everyone’s dream, you don’t really play the game to not get to the highest level possible. I’ve always wanted to get into the squad and see how the young boys from the Olyroos get picked,” Mauk said.
“I guess you always think in the back of your mind, hopefully I can perform well enough to get Ange’s attention.
“I didn’t really think this was going to come this early, I had a good end to the year, but I definitely didn’t think the call was going to come in the offseason, I’m very happy.
“Going back to the start of 2016, we’re in Qatar and that was a massive disappointed not qualifying, then I made the mid-season switch to Adelaide and it turned out to be a fantastic move.
“Personally I had a good end to the season and now a surprise call-up to the Socceroos, it’s all a bit surreal.”
Only just leaving his teenage years, this could be the beginning of a big journey for Mauk who was named as United’s rising star at the end of the season.
The Reds gun said he was keen to sponge off all the resources in the Socceroos camp and impress Socceroos Coach Ange Postecoglou.
“I want to impress Ange, get to know a few of the boys I’ve never met here before and hopefully be able to settle in to show I’m the type of player they’re looking for and just to take it all in,” he said.
“I’m still only 20, so it’s a great experience for me to train with a lot of the boys in this squad and play hopefully or be on the bench against an English team, see the crowd and see what it takes to be at this high level.
“This is the first season where I’ve got consistent game-time, as each game went on I felt more confident and I think the more you play at this young age, the more you improve just from getting the experience.
“I think another good pre-season under my belt with a good team and environment, I can improve.”