Mauk with an eye on Europe

Stefan Mauk is enjoying a breakout campaign but admits he’d love to try his luck in Europe at the end of the season.

The 20-year-old Olyroos midfielder joined hometown club Adelaide United in January where he has quickly cemented his spot in the starting XI of the competition’s form side.

Mauk has inked a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Reds after scoring four goals in 12 appearances for Melbourne City earlier this season.

And while he’s happy at United, he’s already dreaming about Europe, with reported previous interest from clubs in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.

“A two-and-a-half-year deal is good security,” Mauk told FourFourTwo. 

“I’ve got aspirations to go over and play in Europe, whether that’s the end of this season, the next or the one after that. 

“Being a young player I want to get to Europe as quick as possible as long as the right move is there. 

“Hopefully if I continue my form something might pop up at the end of this season. If not, I’m happy at Adelaide United.”

There’s been mixed success of players heading to Europe on the back of one strong A-League season, but Mauk made it clear he wasn’t in a rush.

Instead he said that it was dependent on the right club making a move for him. For example, his switch to Adelaide has worked for him in terms of opportunity.

“The whole reason I came to Adelaide was that I was hoping to play a lot more game-time in the midfield,” he said. 

“I played a lot on the wing for City which was a great opportunity but I felt playing in the midfield is the best role for me and coming to Adelaide was a good chance.”

Mauk’s father was born in Germany, meaning the youngster has a German passport which would help facilitate any European switch.

Before then, he’s keen to continue his breakout season and complete a few personal goals.

“I set a target of seven goals for the season,” Mauk said. 

“I’ve got five so far, so hopefully I can get two more on a personal level.

“I want to stay in the starting XI and to get to that seven-goal mark is my target.”

His chances of attracting a suitor will only be bolstered if Adelaide’s dream run leads into a premiership or championship.

Despite their slow start to the season, the Reds can actually go top this weekend if they defeat Brisbane Roar and Western Sydney lose to Perth Glory.

“When I first got here the premiership wasn’t talked about too much but obviously us winning and continuing this unbeaten run, now you look at it this week we can go top, realistically it’s within our grasp,” Mauk saud. 

“I’m sure in the back of everyone’s head, we’re thinking as long as we keep up this form, there’s no reason we can’t win it.”