Aaron Mooy believes the A-League’s quality is under-appreciated in the United Kingdom.
The 25-year-old Socceroos star spent the 2016-17 season on loan from parent club Manchester City with Huddersfield Town, sweeping award after award to help the Terriers to a landmark promotion.
Among Mooy’s awards were the club’s Player of the Season and Man of the Match in the play-off final at Wembley against Reading.
Mooy has since returned to City, set to depart for a feast of football with the Socceroos which includes a crucial World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia, a glamour friendly against Brazil and the Confederations Cup in Russia.
In an interview with Manchester City’s official channel, CITYtv, Mooy reflected on his passage to England’s top flight, admitting he thought it would be tough to find his way back to Europe following time with Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City.
“When I went back from Scotland, I always had in my head I wanted to go back to Europe … that was my goal,” said Mooy, who enjoyed spells in the UK with Bolton Wanderers and St Mirren.
“I think it’s difficult to get out of Australia because I think over here, they don’t really appreciate that much the standard.
“I just kept going, kept trying to improve my game. I was lucky enough Manchester City took a punt on me and I’m so grateful they gave me the opportunity to come back to Europe.”
Though still contracted to City, Mooy’s future remains up in the air, with a return to newly cashed-up Huddersfield not ruled out.
Mooy explained he would decide on his future after taking time off.
“More football, and that’s what you want when everything’s going well,” he added.
“I’m proud and happy to be going and representing my country.
“After all that I should get a little bit of time off just to unwind, refresh and go again next season.”