Oar tells Utrecht it's over

Tommy Oar has notified his Dutch club FC Utrecht he is leaving at the end of the season and is open to moving elsewhere in Europe.

The 23-year-old winger was transfer-listed in January as Utrecht tried to sell him before his contract expires at the end of the season.

No concrete offers transpired during the January transfer window, with Oar admitting his failure to break into the Socceroos side during the Asian Cup hadn’t helped.

Speaking to FourFourTwo, Oar revealed after the closure of the transfer window, he sat down and notified Utrecht he would leave on a free transfer at the conclusion of the current campaign.

After almost four years’ service, Oar said it was a difficult decision, but one where he had to put his own career first.

“I’ve notified Utrecht that I won’t be re-signing,” Oar said.

“I was completely honest with them at the end of January, when I knew I was staying for the rest of the season.

“I’m at a good age in my career. I’m looking to take the next step in my career and my development.

“I’m still not sure which direction I’ll go in, but I’m focused on doing the best I can for Utrecht.

“If I can do that then it’ll only help my cause when I’m trying to find a new team.”

Oar has previously been linked with Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam, which he admitted was attractive but insisted he knew nothing of the reported interest.

The former Brisbane Roar man has left all contract negotiations to his agent Robert Jansen and isn’t made aware of interest until a formal offer is tabled.

“The press in Holland is always saying a lot about that, but I still haven’t heard anything about it,” Oar said.

“I’m not sure about the whole Ajax situation. Of course, it’s a great team, but there’s a lot of great teams not only in Holland but also in Europe.”

Oar, who is almost fluent in Dutch, said he was open to a move outside of the Netherlands. He added there were two key boxes to tick with his new club.

“The main thing is to go somewhere where I have a good chance to play regular football and develop my game,” he said.

“Holland is a home to me now, it’s a good environment for me to be in and I’m used to it, but the proposition of playing in a different league or living in a different country excites me, so I’m open to whatever opportunities which arise.”

Oar enjoyed a stellar start to the season and currently sits equal third on the Eredivisie charts for assists with seven.

The Socceroo’s form since the Asian Cup has dropped following a virus, which he said was due to fatigue.

“When I first came back from the Asian Cup I landed on the Monday and had two games that week, on the Wednesday and Saturday, so I was straight back into it,” he said.

“After that I got sick, probably run down from all the travel, the big month and all the changes in the weather.”

Oar said his performance in Sunday’s 1-1 draw away to Heracles, where he was replaced on 57 minutes, was one of his worst of the season.

He said he was feeling well again and hoped a return to form would aid his bid to find a new club.