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Australian Football: Aussies overseas to look out for

The new A-League season is some months away but soccer in Europe is back underway and a number of Aussies will be hoping to make a big impression.

Australian players have done very well away from home over the years with the likes of Tim Cahill, Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka being a big hit in the English Premier League.

Even though Australia and the A-League is home, it is the dream of every player at club level to perform on the biggest stage of all and that involves heading abroad.

Looking at the current Socceroos squad that will be heading to the World Cup later this year, only a handful currently play their football in the A-League.

A number of the A-League’s top players have recently packed their bags to head to Europe in the hope of making it big.

So let’s take a look at some of the Aussies that will be looking to shine in Europe this season.

Mathew Ryan (Real Sociedad)

The Socceroos skipper has forged a great career away from Australia when playing for clubs such as  Club Brugge, Valencia and Brighton.

He made 121 appearances for the latter and even enjoyed a three-game loan spell with one of the Premier League’s great clubs, Arsenal.

Ryan is now with Spanish outfit Real Sociedad and will be looking to force his way into the side on a more regular basis having played just three games last season.

There is also talk of a possible move to FC Copenhagen in Denmark to get more regular action ahead of the World Cup.

Kye Rowles (Hearts)

Rowles was a revelation for the Central Coast Mariners last season and it came as no surprise when he was handed his shot at the big time.

The central defender made 104 appearances for the Mariners before Scottish club Hearts snapped him up on a three-year deal in June of this year.

At 24, Rowles has plenty of time on his side and Hearts could be the stepping stone to bigger things in his career.

Nathanial Atkinson (Hearts)

Hearts made it a double swoop on the A-League when snapping up talented fullback Atkinson from Melbourne City in December 2021.

The 23-year-old has already established himself in the Hearts side when making 17 appearances. The 2022/23 SPL campaign will be another big one for him as he aims to take his game to the next level.

Cameron Devlin is another Aussie to be on the books of Hearts so Atkinson and Rowles should feel a bit more at home.

Aaron Mooy (Celtic)

The experienced Socceroos ace is another player who is no stranger to playing his football overseas after leaving Melbourne City in 2016.

He played in the Premier League with Huddersfield Town before joining Brighton and then on to Chinese side Shanghai Port.

However the 31-year-old has just been handed a great opportunity after being signed by Scottish champions Celtic.

Celtic are of course coached by Ange Postecoglou and the former Socceroos chief handed the midfielder a two-year deal.

Mooy has made his first two appearances for the Hoops and will be looking to have a big season with the Scottish giants.  

Joel King (OB)

The talented Aussie left-back is another player who has just made the switch to Europe after signing with the Danish side OB.

The Danes triggered a release clause in his Sydney FC contract back in January and paid a six-figure fee to sign the 21-year-old.

King made 63 appearances for Sydney and it was only a matter of time before he got a chance in Europe. He has settled in nicely in Denmark and has already made 14 appearances for OB.

Harry Souttar (Stoke City)

The 2022/23 campaign is a big one for the talented defender as he looks to get his career back on track following a serious knee injury.

The 23-year-old has made 54 appearances for the Potters before suffering a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injury while playing for the Socceroos in November.

Souttar is making good progress and now the aim is to get fit and get back into the Stoke side with a view to proving he is ready to play at the World Cup in Qatar.

Joshua Rawlings (Utrecht)

Rawlings is yet another talented young Aussie who is hoping to make it big overseas after signing a four-year deal with the Dutch side Utrecht.

The 18-year-old, who can play at full-back or in central defence, made 34 appearances for Perth Glory, who accepted an undisclosed fee at the end of last season.

Rawlings has bags of potential and is one to keep an eye on as he looks to make a name for himself in the Eredivisie.

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