Mabil wants starting spot at Midtjylland

Australian export Awer Mabil has brushed aside the prospect of a loan deal and has vowed to prove the faith shown in him by Danish club FC Midtjylland was well founded as he prepares for the second season of his five-year contract.

FC Midtjylland vs SSC Napoli

Awer Mabil of FC Midtjylland in action during the UEFA Europa League match between FC Midtjylland vs SSC Napoli on October 22, 2015 in Herning, Denmark. Source: Getty Images

The 20 year-old former Olyroos and Adelaide United winger made just seven appearances – six off the bench – in all competitions last season for the then defending Danish champions.

They are stats which rankle with him - but rather than contemplating a possible loan in search of regular game time, Mabil is backing himself to garner the minutes he feels his quality merits in the looming 2016-2017 campaign.

“I am just disappointed I didn’t get enough game time to show my qualities and what I can do,” said a bullish Mabil.

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“I believe in myself and I know what I can do and hopefully next season I can be given more opportunities to get some momentum going.

“Going out on loan was an option … but there’s no point in that. If it happens it shows the club doesn’t want me.

“I would rather stay and fight for a spot. Then, if the club doesn’t want me, I would leave.

“I signed on a five year contract and I want to be a success at Midtjylland.”

Mabil admits his debut season tested his mental fortitude, with the biggest low failing to make the squads for either of the Europa League round of 32 clashes against Manchester United, the club he idolised as a kid and dreamed of playing against.

Midtjylland shocked the Red Devils 2-1 in the first leg, but they were humbled by a 5-1 loss in the return at Old Trafford, with Mabil nowhere to be seen.

“It was all a learning experience, and mentally I had never been in that type of situation before and it was good for me … hopefully I can take advantage of it,” he added.

“Overall, I am a bit disappointed at how the year went, knowing my qualities, I think I am good enough to be playing in the team, especially when I look at the strength of the competition.

“Of course, it’s not easy to break through because they are a really good side, one of the best in Denmark, even though the last six months of the season didn’t go as well as we would have liked."

Midtjylland face a Europa League qualifier next month against as yet undetermined opposition and Mabil heads back from a brief break at the family home in Adelaide next week with the plan to hit the ground running.

“I just want to go back and enjoy training, being with my teammates, working hard and proving myself,” he said.

“This next year is massive for me … I have a dream of playing for the Socceroos one day and playing at a World Cup one day.

“It’s been good coming home to refresh my mind and I am looking forward to going back now.”


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Published 9 June 2016 at 6:34pm
By Dave Lewis