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Hodgkinson insists Huddersfield don’t have to sell Aaron Mooy this summer

Huddersfield Town chairman Phil Hodgkinson has stressed that the club don’t have to part ways with midfielder Aaron Mooy this summer unless a club meet their asking price. The Australia international was influential towards the Terriers remaining in the Premier League during the 2017/18 campaign but he could not repeat the feat last term due to injuries and loss of form.

Still, he is regarded as one of the most important players in the club’s ranks and new chairman Hodgkinson has indicated that no player would be sold without their asking price being met, he told The Huddersfield Examiner: “Not one player is going to leave this football club unless it's for the right price. Football is football and we are a trading club, we will always be a trading club - even if we are in the Premier League we will be a trading club, that's what we are. The reality is, if the right offer comes in for a player that meets or exceeds our valuation and it's the right move for the player, and they improve themselves, we won't stand in their way.”

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Matty Ryan pleased with Brighton & Hove Albion’s start to the season

Australia international Matty Ryan has acknowledged that he is pleased with the beginning to the season with Brighton & Hove Albion. The Seagulls ended the previous campaign in a disappointing fashion with just two wins following the turn of the year and they were still able to hold on to the 17th spot by a margin of two points ahead of Cardiff City.

As such, manager Chris Hughton was asked from the helm to be replaced with Graham Potter and the latter has made a sensational start to the season as Brighton secured a comfortable 3-0 victory on the road to Watford. Speaking after that game, Ryan admitted that he had a fine afternoon whereby the attempts on goal were minimal from the hosts.

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Williams confident of realising Australian ambitions with Portsmouth

Australian attacker Ryan Williams is confident that he can make progress in his international career while plying his trade with Portsmouth. The 25-year-old has been one of the consistent performers in the past two seasons with Rotherham United and that earned him a debut for the Socceroos during a friendly against South Korea last month.

In a report covered by, Williams has said that he can maintain a regular role with the national side despite opting to drop to League One with Portsmouth this summer, he told: “Representing my country is something I’ve wanted for a long time, now I’ve managed to do it. I spoke to the Australian manager who told me that as long as I am fit, playing and playing well then I’ll be in contention.

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Mathew Ryan speaks about Australia’s opportunity at Copa America 2020

Australia goalkeeper Mathew Ryan has said that the nation have got a fantastic opportunity to express themselves after being invited to feature in the 2020 Copa America. Australia and 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar have been called up as outside guests to participate in the tournament and Ryan is looking forward to the Socceroos making an impression.

“Going into a tournament like that with the quality of opposition that we’re going to be facing and the experience it’s all going to give us is going to be phenomenal for us moving forward as a nation. The more games we can get of that higher quality, common sense tells you, the better we’re going to get, the better we’re going to progress. So I’ve got no doubt that tournament is going to be of massive importance for our growth as a footballing nation and a footballing team and footballing individuals,” he told reporters.

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The transfer window is getting heated up as clubs vie for signings as they look to strengthen ahead of the coming season. The Premier League clubs have also been thick in action with several players exiting clubs and potential signings on the verge of completing moves.

One player that has been linked to several clubs is Huddersfield midfielder Aaron Mooy. The Australia international is said to be on the radar of West Ham,Wolves, Bournemouth and Brighton.

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Graham Arnold to try new players

Australia football team head coach Graham Arnold said that he will be using the next friendly game against South Korea to try some new players. He said that this will be a great opportunity for him to test the depth of the squad and to try some new things in the team.

Graham Arnold said that the objective of the Australian team is to make it to the 2022 World Cup and for that they have to go through the qualifiers that will be starting soon.

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Graham Arnold, who is presently in charge of Australian senior men’s Football team, is not sure whether he can oversee the Australian junior team as well whom he oversaw on an interim basis in the Olympic qualification matches recently.

The matches of the junior team are mostly scheduled round about at the same time of the year when the senior team plays their matches, hence it’s virtually impossible for a coach to be in charge of both the teams and Arnold understands it.

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Financial Reasons behind Australia’s Lack of International Action

Graham Arnold and Australia’s national team seem to have missed out on a valuable opportunity in order to get back to winning ways, as the team would not be involved in the international break for the first time since 2004. After exiting the AFC Asian Cup 2019 in the quarter-finals, Graham Arnold indicated that there was a lot of scope to improve the team. However, the national team have elected to opt against playing in the international window for March. The national team’s next match will be in the summer when the fixtures are out.

The decision not to be involved in the international window is surprising, as Australia have been a regular when it comes to FIFA windows for the last 15 years. Australia would have gained valuable experience in the Tokyo 2020 qualifiers, but Arnold seems to be comfortable not to be part of the window. There is also a huge financial decision behind opting against playing in this window. The Australian football Federation has been struggling with finances for the last four years.The decision to skip the window will also benefit players like Mark Milligan, Mat Ryan, and Aaron Mooy. These names have been able to benefit from a break just as in the season heads into the business end.

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Jackson Irvine admits disappointment after Australia’s Asian Cup exit

Hull City midfielder Jackson Irvine has admitted that he was disappointed with the nature of Australia’s exit from the recent Asian Cup. The Socceroos were one of the favourites to reach the final of the tournament but that was not meant to be after hosts United Arab Emirates secured a shock 1-0 win over them at the quarter-final stage.

Speaking to Hull Live, Irvine said that he was pleased with his involvement at the tournament, although there was sadness with the early exit, he quipped: “I enjoyed it, even if I was home a week earlier than I’d have liked. It was a sad way to leave it in the end but I love playing for my country. It’s always such an honour and to be involved in another major tournament was amazing.”

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Kevin Muscat Unhappy with Penalty Decision against Corey Brown

Kevin Muscat says that the decision to award a penalty against Corey Brown for a handball inside the penalty box may set a precedent for any player who accidentally handles the ball inside the box. In a recent match between Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory, the latter were able to take the lead when Corey Brown accidentally touched the ball from a few metres away when Neil Kilkenny flicked in his direction. Worldwide, referees do not give penalties for such incidents since there is very little time for a player to react and take his hand out of the way.

However, referee Jarred Gillett decided to hand a penalty to the incident and even the VAR decision did not change matters. Perth Glory opened the scoring with this penalty and went on to win the game with a 2-1 score.Muscat was understandably upset after the match and he said that there was little Brown could have done for the incident. In such a situation, it is wrong for the referee to hand a penalty, which may serve as a precedence for future incidents of such nature. However, Perth Glory manager Tony Popovic did not tend to agree with Kevin Muscat and admitted that it was a penalty.

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