Melbourne Heart FC can announce it has secured the services of gifted central midfielder Aaron Mooy on a two-year deal from Western Sydney Wanderers.
Mooy, 23, is the fourth player under the age of 25 to have joined Melbourne Heart this week, following the capture of teenagers Connor Chapman and Jacob Melling – alongside James Brown – on two-year deals on Tuesday, as John van’t Schip assembles his squad for the Hyundai A-League 2014-15 season.
An emerging Australian talent, Mooy surfaced as one of the league’s premier playmakers during the Wanderers' inaugural season in which the club lifted the Premiers Plate.
Possessing creativity, a wonderful passing range and a dangerous set-piece, Mooy is comfortable anywhere in the midfield.
Van’t Schip said Mooy, who was also a pivotal figure in the Wanderers’ recent Asian Champions League campaign, would be a valuable addition to his squad for next 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 commence training with the Club when the team returns to pre-season training in the first week of June.
Players Signed 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 Williams
Aaron MooyDOB: 15 September 1990 (age 23)Place of birth: Sydney, AustraliaPosition: MidfielderCurrent contract details: Two-year contract (expires end of Hyundai A-League 2015/16 season)Former Clubs: Bolton Wanderers (0,0), St. Mirren (21,1), Western Sydney Wanderers (49, 4)International: Australia U-20 (10, 4), Australia U-23 (3,2), Socceroos (3,3)