SOCCER: Aaron Mooy has the world at his feet and now he has the chance to play a pivotal role for his country.
The Socceroo has enjoyed a remarkable first season in English football since linking with Huddersfield and he is expected to play a key role for Australia in the World Cup qualifiers this week and next.
With Tom Rogic injured, the Socceroos are in need of a playmaker for this week's World Cup qualifier against Iraq and next week's clash against the United Arab Emirates.
With another qualifier, a friendly with Brazil and the Confederations Cup all to come in June, there's plenty at stake.
"The last few games with Australia, we haven't performed as we know we can," Mooy said.
"That's the disappointing thing, if you play well and lose you can swallow that. But we will still try to play in a certain way and the results will come."
That same positive attitude has already paid off for Mooy who has made every post a winner since joining Huddersfield from Melbourne City.
While some suggested his success in the A-league would not translate into Europe, the evidence is incontrovertible.
With Huddersfield third in the Championship and still in the hunt for one of the two automatic promotion spots to the EPL, Mooy has played in all but one of the 36 league games and started in all but two of those.
Three times in the opening five months he was the club's player of the month. Never before has he played so many games in a season, one in which by a rough estimate there are at least 14 and maybe 17 to go. If Mooy has anything to do with it the number will be as high as possible.
"It's not just how many games, it's the speed of the games," Mooy said.
"It's a tough schedule but when you're winning, you don't feel the effects of it. It's the opposite, the more games you play the more you pick up the speed of the football and you're forced to adapt.
"Your decision-making becomes quicker, everything has to be quicker.
"I felt like another challenge after Melbourne City and you never know what you're coming into, a different league and a different country."
"For me, there's so much going on, I can only try to stay fit, keep my body right and hope to be involved everywhere."
Australia will take on host nation Iraq in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday before lining up against UAE in Sydney the following Tuesday.
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