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Aaron Mooy

Aaron Mooy

Aaron Frank Mooy ( Kuhlman;[8] /mɔɪ/ MOY;[9] born 15 September 1990) is an Australian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for the Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion[10] on a loan from Huddersfield Town. He is a regular for the Australian 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 39 occasions since his debut in 2012, netting a total of five goals. He also played in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Aaron Mooy
Personal information
Full nameAaron Frank Mooy[5]
Birth nameAaron Frank Kuhlman
Date of birth(1990-09-15)15 September 1990[6]
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)[7]
Playing positionCentral midfielder
Club information
Current team
Brighton & Hove Albion
(on loan from Huddersfield Town)
Youth career
2006–2009Bolton Wanderers
Senior career*
2009–2010Bolton Wanderers0(0)
2010–2012St Mirren21(1)
2012–2014Western Sydney Wanderers49(4)
2014–2016Melbourne City53(18)
2016–2017Manchester City0(0)
2016–2017→ Huddersfield Town (loan)45(4)
2017–Huddersfield Town66(7)
2019–Brighton & Hove Albion (loan)4(0)
National team
2009–2010Australia U2010(4)
2011–2012Australia U234(2)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:13, 28 September 2019 (UTC)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 September 2019 (UTC)

Club career

Bolton Wanderers

Mooy started his career in Europe as a youth scholar at Bolton Wanderers after being spotted by Chris Sulley.[11] He rejected a contract extension from Bolton in July 2010 in search of more first team football.[12][13]

St Mirren

Mooy playing for St Mirren in 2011

Mooy playing for St Mirren in 2011

Mooy joined Scottish Premier League club St Mirren on 23 October 2010,[14] and made his league debut for the Saints on the same day in a 3–0 loss to Hearts.[15] On 18 January 2011, he scored his first goal for the club, in the fourth-round replay, in a 6–1 win over Peterhead.[16] Having made 18 appearances and scoring once in all competitions, he was offered a new contract in April 2011[17] before agreeing a two-year contract with the club in May.[18]

The 2011–12 season was marked by Mooy having suffered a stress fracture in his back.[19] As months went by, his recovery started going well.[20] Soon after, he went to a specialist to get over his injury.[21] On 17 December 2011, Mooy made his return, coming as a substitute, in a 1–1 draw against Motherwell[22] and the next game, he scored his first league goal for the club against Rangers at St Mirren Park on Christmas Eve 2011.[23]

Western Sydney Wanderers

Mooy (left) at the Western Sydney Wanderers launch, along with Tarek Elrich and Kwabena Appiah

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

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.[24] He made his debut in the opening game of the season in a 0–0 draw against Central Coast Mariners[25] and on 23 February 2013, he scored his first goal, in a 1–0 win over Perth Glory.[26] He made 23 appearances and scored one 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

Mooy was released by Western Sydney Wanderers on 21 May 2014,[27] 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".[28] Melbourne City were reported to have rejected a $2m offer for Mooy from Saudi Arabia club Al-Nassr.[29] 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.[30]

Manchester City

Mooy was signed by Manchester City on a three-year deal on 30 June 2016.[31]

Huddersfield Town

Six days after signing for Manchester City, Mooy was loaned to Championship side Huddersfield Town for the 2016–17 season.[32] He made his Huddersfield debut in their 2–1 win over Brentford on 6 August,[33] and scored his first goal for them on 10 September in a 1–0 win over Leeds United in a West Yorkshire derby.[34] On 28 November 2016, he scored the equaliser in an eventual 2–1 loss at home to Wigan Athletic.[35] Huddersfield Town fans voted Mooy as the best player of the season. Mooy was involved in the squad that won the play-off final, scoring one of Huddersfield's four penalties in the penalty shootout against Reading, which secured them Premier League status for the 2017–18 season, the first time in the club's history.

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 an initial £8 million, potentially rising to £10 million depending on add-ons. City would also have a buy-back clause for Mooy.[36] The transfer was finalised on 30 June.[37] Mooy made his Premier League debut for Huddersfield in their first game of the 2017–18 season, a 3–0 win over Crystal Palace, Mooy himself involved in two of the goals.[38] He scored his first Premier League goal one week later, the only goal of the game as Huddersfield defeated Newcastle United.[39] On 21 October 2017, Mooy scored the opening goal as Huddersfield upset Manchester United 2–1 in a Premier League clash at John Smith's Stadium.[40]

Brighton & Hove Albion

On August 8, 2019, Mooy joined Brighton & Hove Albion on a season long loan from Huddersfield Town.[41] Mooy made his debut for The Seagulls coming on as a substitute in a 1–1 home draw against West Ham on 17 August.[42] Mooy's first start for The Albion came in the EFL Cup on 27 August in a 2–1 away win over Bristol Rovers.[43] He made his first league start for Brighton in a 0–0 away draw at Newcastle on 21 September.[44]

International career

Mooy playing for Australia in 2017

Mooy playing for Australia in 2017

Mooy was eligible to represent Germany or the Netherlands through his parents.[8]

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.[45]

In late 2011, Mooy declared his desire to play for Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics,[46] 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.[47] 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.[48]

He also holds a Dutch passport due to his mother's heritage.[49]

In May 2018 he was named in Australia’s 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[50]

Career statistics


As of 28 September 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational Cup[1]League Cup[2]OtherTotal
St Mirren2010–11[51]Scottish Premier League1305100181
2011–12[52]Scottish Premier League814000121
Western Sydney Wanderers2012–13[53]A-League231231
Melbourne City2014–15[53][54]A-League27710287
Manchester City2016–17[56]Premier League
Huddersfield Town (loan)2016–17[56]Championship45420103[4]0514
Huddersfield Town2017–18[57]Premier League3641010384
2018–19[58]Premier League2930010303
Brighton & Hove Albion (loan)2019–20Premier League40001050
Career total23734177408126642


As of match played 10 September 2019[59]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals

International goals

As of match played 10 September 2019. Australia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Mooy goal.[59]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
17 December 2012Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po, Hong Kong1Guam1–09–02013 EAFF East Asian Cup qualification
29 December 2012Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po, Hong Kong2Chinese Taipei6–08–02013 EAFF East Asian Cup qualification
328 July 2013Seoul Olympic Stadium, Seoul, South Korea3China PR1–13–42013 EAFF East Asian Cup
43 September 2015Perth Oval, Perth, Australia7Bangladesh5–05–02018 FIFA World Cup qualification
529 March 2016Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney, Australia13Jordan2–05–12018 FIFA World Cup qualification
610 September 2019Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait40Kuwait3–03–02022 FIFA World Cup qualification


Western Sydney Wanderers

  • A-League Premiership: 2012–13[60]

Huddersfield Town

  • EFL Championship play-offs: 2017[61]


  • Melbourne City Player of the Year: 2014–15, 2015–16[62]

  • PFA A-League Team of the Season: 2014–15,[63] 2015–16[64]

  • Fox Sports Alex Tobin Medal: 2014–15[65]

  • PFA Footballer of the Year: 2015–16, 2016–17

  • PFA Team of the Year: 2016–17 Championship[66]

  • Huddersfield Town Player of the Year: 2016–17[67]


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