Mooy powered by European ambitions

After a dream year that has seen Aaron Mooy score 12 goals and deliver 20 assists for Melbourne City, the 25-year-old classy midfielder says that his ambition to play overseas is what drives him. 

For his country Mooy has continued the form that he has shown for his club side, starting in the Socceroos last seven World Cup Qualifying games.

After the 7-0 rout of Tajikistan, Socceroos Head Coach Ange Postecoglou said that Mooy was the best player in the Hyundai A-League.

Since his move to Melbourne City from the Western Sydney Wanderers, Mooy’s consistent form has sparked speculation about his next move.

But the shy and reserved midfield dynamo is not looking too far ahead.

“I’ve got to finish off the season as best as I can and as the team can and we’ll see what happens after,” he said.

Even though it’s not in the front of his mind Mooy admitted that he's never been coy about his club aspirations

 “I’ve been saying it for two years now and I keep saying the same thing,” he said.

“Every player should want to push themselves as high as they can and I’m no different.

“I do have ambitions to go overseas. That’s what drives me.”

During the last two A-League campaigns under City coach John van’t Schip, Mooy has scored 24 goals and 29 assists.

It’s a vast improvement from his previous two seasons with the Western Sydney Wanderers where his output under Tony Popovic was much less with only five goals and six assists. 

The 12-capped Socceroo says that his consistent play for Melbourne City this season has allowed him to be self-assured when putting on the green and gold.

“Every player takes confidence if they are playing well in their club team,” Mooy said.

“It helps you if you get selected for the national team and it’s good to go into camp feeling confident. I guess I’m feeling confident and happy.”

  • Con Stamocostas is an Australian football writer. Click here to see more of his work and check out the latest episode of his A-League Snobcast with co-host Rob Toddler.



I hope he doesn't sit on the bench overseas and go backwards. There is a lot of people and coaches overseas who have a bias against Australian players.

I don't think it is a bias. Managers in Europe are looking for results. Their careers depend upon good results. They are not going to let perceived biases get in the way. In any case, why would they be biased against Aussie players? Let's face it, our lowly rated A-League is a good source for bargain basement bench warmers. If they are good enough, they can prove their worth and move in to the run on eleven.