My Aussie mate has to step up

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

AUSSIE star Aaron Mooy faces the tough­est sea­son of his life, says his fel­low coun­try­man, Harry Kewell.

Mooy, 26, was the mid­field ar­chi­tect of Hud­der­s­field’s fairy­tale pro­mo­tion to the Premier League last sea­son, scor­ing four goals and win­ning a place in the PFA team of the year while on loan from Manch­ester City.

Now, the Ter­ri­ers have signed the former Mel­bourne City man on a per­ma­nent deal worth £8m.

Much is ex­pected of Mooy, both in West York­shire and for the Soc­ceroos, but Kewell has warned that his fel­low Syd­neysider no longer has that el­e­ment of sur­prise.

“Aaron’s some­one I know re­ally well,” said Kewell, who played against Mooy in the A-League dur­ing the 201314 sea­son. “He was an ex­cep­tional player back home but the ques­tion was al­ways ‘Can he do it in Europe?’.

“He clearly proved that last sea­son with the move to Hud­der­s­field. He ab­so­lutely ran the show for them.

“But, if you talk to any­one in the game, it’s al­ways your sec­ond sea­son. That first year, any­thing can hap­pen.

“No­body knows what you can do. Sec­ond year, every­one has done their home­work and it’s a lot tougher.

“It’s a big sea­son for him in the best league in the world. If he wants to be the best, he’s got to com­pete with the best. But he’s got the abil­ity – there’s no doubt about that.”

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