Aaron Mooy

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Aaron Mooy
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Mooy playing for Australia in 2017
Personal information
Full name Aaron Frank Mooy[1]
Date of birth (1990-09-15) 15 September 1990 (age 26)[1]
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)[2]
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Huddersfield Town
Number 10
Youth career
2005–2006 NSWIS
2006–2009 Bolton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Bolton Wanderers 0 (0)
2010–2012 St Mirren 21 (1)
2012–2014 Western Sydney Wanderers 49 (4)
2014–2016 Melbourne City 53 (18)
2016–2017 Manchester City 0 (0)
2016–2017 Huddersfield Town (loan) 45 (4)
2017– Huddersfield Town 0 (0)
National team
2009–2010 Australia U20 10 (4)
2011–2012 Australia U23 4 (2)
2012– Australia 26 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 June 2017

Aaron Frank Mooy (born 15 September 1990) is an Australian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Huddersfield Town and the Australia national team.

Born in Sydney, Mooy played youth football for the New South Wales Institute of Sport and Bolton Wanderers before making his professional debut with St Mirren. He returned to Sydney to play for Western Sydney Wanderers in 2012, and moved to Melbourne City two years later. Signing for Manchester City in 2016, Mooy was immediately loaned to Huddersfield Town and helped the club gain promotion to the Premier League. He signed with Huddersfield permanently in June 2017.

Mooy has been capped by the national team on 21 occasions, netting a total of 5 goals. He also played in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He is considered by many to be a rising star for the Socceroos.

Club career[edit]

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

Mooy started his career in Europe as a youth scholar at Bolton Wanderers after being spotted by Chris Sulley.[3] He rejected a contract extension from Bolton in July 2010 in search of more first team football.[4][5]

St Mirren[edit]

Mooy playing for St Mirren in 2011.

Mooy joined Scottish Premier League club St Mirren on 23 October 2010,[6] and made his league debut for the Saints on the same day in a 3–0 loss to Hearts.[7] On 18 January 2011, he scored his first goal for the club, in the fourth-round replay, in a 6–1 win over Peterhead.[8] Having made 18 appearance and scoring once in all competitions, he was offered a new contract in April 2011[9] before agreeing a two-year contract with the club in May .[10]

The 2011–12 season was marked by Mooy having suffered a back problem.[11] As months went by, his recovery started going well.[12] Soon after, he went to a specialist to get over his injury.[13] On 17 December 2011, Mooy made his return, coming as a substitute, in a 1–1 draw against Motherwell[14] and the next game, he scored his first league goal for the club against Rangers at St Mirren Park on Christmas Eve 2011.[15]

Western Sydney Wanderers[edit]

Mooy (left) at the Western Sydney Wanderers launch, along with Tarek Elrich and Kwabena Appiah.
Mooy playing for Western Sydney Wanderers against Brisbane Roar's Luke Brattan in 2013.

After leaving St Mirren on a free transfer, Mooy returned to Australia and was announced as one of the three inaugural signings for new A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers on 25 June.[16] He made his debut in the opening game of the season in a 0–0 draw against Central Coast Mariners[17] and on 23 February 2013, he scored his first goal, in a 1–0 win over Perth Glory.[18] He made 23 appearances and scored 1 goal in his first season with the Wanderers, who won the Premiership and made the grand final in their inaugural season. Mooy took part in his second successive A-League grand final the following season, as the Wanderers were named runners-up to the Championship for the second time in a row.

Melbourne City[edit]

Mooy was released by Western Sydney Wanderers on 21 May 2014,[19] and was announced to have joined A-League rivals Melbourne City the same day. He scored his first goal against Brisbane Roar, and also scored in both fixtures against his former club Western Sydney Wanderers. At the end of the season he claimed Melbourne City's Player of the Year award and was the club's top scorer that season, also racking up eight assists. Mooy became the youngest ever marquee player in A-League history when he re-signed with Melbourne City for the 2015–16 season. On 29 September, he scored a hat-trick against Heidelberg United in the FFA Cup quarter finals with two of the goals coming from outside the box, and in doing this he also became the first ever City player to score a hat-trick in the FFA Cup. During his time with Melbourne City, Socceroos manager Ange Postecoglou labelled him the "best and most exciting player in the A-League", while former Socceroo goalkeeper Mark Bosnich described him as "the best Australian midfielder playing anywhere in the world".[20] Melbourne City were reported to have rejected a $2m offer for Mooy from Saudi Arabia club Al-Nassr.[21] On 5 March 2016, he assisted Bruno Fornaroli for two of his three goals to move to 20 assists for the season; an all time A-League record.[22]

Manchester City[edit]

Mooy was signed by Manchester City on a three-year deal on 30 June 2016.[23]

Huddersfield Town[edit]

On 5 July 2016, Mooy was loaned to Championship side Huddersfield Town for the 2016–17 season.[24] He made his debut for Huddersfield Town in their 2–1 win over Brentford on 6 August 2016.[25] He scored his first goal for Huddersfield Town on 10 September 2016 in a 1–0 win over Leeds United in a West Yorkshire derby.[26] On 28 November 2016 he scored the equaliser in an eventual 2-1 loss at home to Wigan Athletic.[27] Huddersfield Town fans voted Aaron Mooy as the best player of their 2016–17 EFL Championship season. Mooy was involved in the squad that won the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final, scoring one of Huddersfields's four penalties in the penalty shootout against Reading.

On 15 June 2017, it was reported that Huddersfield had agreed a fee with Manchester City to sign Mooy on a permanent basis. The fee was reported to be £8 million initially, with a potential to rise to £10 million depending on add-ons. Man City would also have a buy-back clause for Mooy.[28] The transfer was finalised on 30 June.[29]

International career[edit]

Mooy made 10 appearances for the Young Socceroos between 2008 and 2009 and scored four goals. He played at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup and played in two group stage games before Australia were eliminated, scoring in his second game against Brazil. He was called up to the senior Australian side in August 2009, for a friendly match against the Republic of Ireland.[30]

In late 2011, Mooy declared his desire to play for Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics,[31] however, they were unsuccessful in their qualifying campaign for London 2012.

On 7 December 2012, he made his international debut with the Socceroos against Guam scoring a free-kick to open the scoring in a game the Socceroos would win 9–0.[32] In the following game against Chinese Taipei, Mooy again scored a free-kick as the Socceroos won 8–0 and qualified for the EAFF East Asian Cup.

On 11 March 2015, Mooy was selected in a squad to play Germany and Macedonia. On 3 September 2015, he scored the fifth goal in a 5–0 defeat of Bangladesh in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Perth.[33]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 29 May 2017[34]
Club Season Division League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
St Mirren 2010–11 Scottish Premier League 13 0 5 1 0 0 18 1
2011–12 8 1 4 0 0 0 12 1
St Mirren total 21 1 9 1 0 0 30 2
Western Sydney Wanderers 2012–13 A-League 23 1 0 0 0 0 23 1
2013–14 26 3 0 0 5 1 31 4
WS Wanderers total 49 4 0 0 5 1 54 5
Melbourne City 2014–15 A-League 27 7 1 0 0 0 28 7
2015–16 26 11 4 6 0 0 30 17
Melbourne City total 53 18 5 6 0 0 58 24
Manchester City 2016–17 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Huddersfield Town (loan) 2016–17 Championship 45 4 3 0 3 0 51 4
Huddersfield Town 2017–18 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 168 27 17 7 8 1 193 35

International[edit]

As of match played 22 June 2017[35]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Australia 2012 2 2
2013 1 1
2014 1 0
2015 7 1
2016 10 1
2017 5 0
Total 26 5

International goals[edit]

As of match played 28 March 2017[36]
Scores and results list Australia's goal tally first.
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 December 2012 Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po, Hong Kong  Guam 1–0 9–0 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup preliminary round 2
2. 9 December 2012 Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po, Hong Kong  Chinese Taipei 6–0 8–0 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup preliminary round 2
3. 28 July 2013 Olympic Stadium, Songpa-gu, South Korea  China PR 1–1 3–4 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup
4. 3 September 2015 Perth Oval, Perth, Australia  Bangladesh 5–0 5–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 29 March 2016 Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, Australia  Jordan 2–0 5–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Western Sydney Wanderers

Huddersfield Town

Individual[edit]

Records[edit]

References[edit]

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