Fringe Socceroo Mustafa Amini is putting aside the disappointment of missing Australia’s Confederations Cup squad and wants to make the 2017-18 season his best to date.
Amini and his Danish club AGF Aarhus will get the 2017-18 Superliga underway in an exciting Friday night (Saturday morning AEST) season opener at home to Horsens.
The 24-year-old was a key player for AGF last term as they narrowly avoided relegation, but the club has been busy in the transfer market in the off-season, making competition for places hot.
Among the additions is Burkina Faso international Adama Guira who’ll contend with Amini for a spot in central midfield, along with wingers Jakob Ankersen and Tobias Sana in a new 4-4-2 formation, having utilized a 4-3-3 last term.
Sydney-born Amini, who signed with Borussia Dortmund in 2011 as an 18-year-old, said after two full seasons in Denmark, he wanted to go to the next level.
“I’ve had two seasons in the Superliga and hopefully the third one will be my best,” Amini told FourFourTwo.
“I’ve played 30-odd games each season. In Europe it’s not as easy as people think. That’s part of it. I’m happy I’m in a team.
“Now the competition in my club has gone up a level with five new great signings. Training is always intense for the starting XI.
“My ambition is another season of high quality football. I can’t ask for much more.
“I always want to improve and get better. Play as many games as possible and do well for the team.”
Sydney-born Amini, who made his Socceroos debut against UAE in his home city in March, acknowledged missing the final cut for the Confederations Cup hurt.
He remained optimistic he could force his way back into the Australia squad, with an eye on the decisive World Cup qualifiers against Japan and Thailand where the Superliga’s early start could play in his favour.
“It was a great moment in the World Cup qualifier to come on,” Amini said.
“I was very proud but once you get that first taste you always want more.
“That’s my goal, to be ready if called upon. If I have a good season now, if your club football is going well, I’m sure that Ange (Postecoglou) is watching and he’ll give you the call again.”
Amini has further motivation to have his best season yet, with the lure of the 2018 World Cup.
“As you saw with the Confederations CUp, we have a big squad and a lot of players to choose from.
“I’m always putting my hand up. Hopefully I’m going TO have a big season here and be ready for the August-September games and further on from there.
“It’s a new season and you can say everyone is at square one. It’s about giving everything and being ready.”