Melbourne Heart have signed gifted central midfielder Aaron Mooy on a two-year deal from Western Sydney Wanderers.
The 23-year-old is the fourth player under the age of 25 to have joined the club this week, following the capture of teenagers Connor Chapman and Jacob Melling – alongside 24-year-old James Brown – on Tuesday.
Mooy emerged as one of the league’s premier playmakers during the Wanderers’ inaugural premiership-winning season.
Possessing creativity, a wonderful passing range and a dangerous set-piece, Mooy is comfortable anywhere in the midfield.
Coach John Van’t Schip said the former youth international and fringe Socceroo was also a pivotal figure in the Wanderers’ recent Asian Champions League campaign, and would be a valuable addition to his squad in the 2014/15 A-league season.
“Everyone who follows the A-League knows of Aaron’s quality,” van’t Schip said.
“For us he can be a player who can dictate the style of football we want to play.
“He is one of the best young Australian players so we are delighted to have captured his signature. It shows the club’s ambition to win trophies and play football a certain way.”
Mooy will link up with the club when the team returns to pre-season training in the first week of June.
Players already signed by the club for 2014/15 (17 players): James Brown, Connor Chapman, Mate Dugandzic, Ben Garuccio, Jonatan Germano, Jason Hoffman, Nick Kalmar, Patrick Kisnorbo, Stefan Mauk, Jacob Melling, Aaron Mooy, Massimo Murdocca, Iain Ramsay, Andrew Redmayne, Tando Velaphi, Robbie Wielaert, David Williamscomments