The many travels of Jordon Mutch and his new home at Macarthur FC

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Jordon Mutch’s arrival at Macarthur FC sees them become his sixth club in the last four years. The Bulls don’t need a miracle to keep him around though.

The A-League Men has seen its fair share of journeymen.

As the trend of splashing out on marquees fades (not for Perth) and the recruitment of small groups of experienced leaders takes its place, players like Mutch are growingly drawing the eyes of A-League Men scouts.

Usually, this is almost entirely because of their time spent in one of Europe’s top leagues, and this may be the case with Mutch, given his 78 games in the Premier League from 2010 to 2017. But, what many may not know is that his footballing career starkly contrasts the well-trodden path of a quiet Premier League stint followed by a farewell payday in the foreign sunshine.

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Mutch has played in five different countries since 2018.

He first left Europe on a one-year loan spell with Vancouver Whitecaps at the age of just 26. Before an unorthodox and inconveniently timed exit from Crystal Palace led to his first permanent spell away from the U.K., coming in the form of Gyeongnam FC in South Korea.

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His receptiveness towards the more unconventional of footballing opportunities then took him back to Europe, with a single-season spell in Aelesund, Norway in 2020.

He featured only once as they finished bottom of the table, with less than half the points of the team directly above them. A grim season only darkened further by Mutch’s body disagreeing with the playing surfaces.

“They play on artificial and stuff like that so it wasn’t great there,” he said.

“Training and playing on artificial everyday is not great on your body. It takes it out of you a lot.”

A move from the cold of Norway to the sun of Sydney ticked all the boxes for the then 28-year-old ahead of his move to Western Sydney Wanderers last season.

“It’s publicised in England so I’d seen the games and when I had the opportunity to come to the A-League I was really looking forward to it,” he said.

“It reminds me of the MLS (Major League Soccer),” where Mutch featured a far more enjoyable 18 times and scored this absolute worldie against Los Angeles FC:

“Obviously living here is normal as well. Everyone speaks the same language. It just felt more comfortable, and I felt at home here compared to beforehand.”

After 13 appearances including four starts with the Wanderers last year, Mutch looked elsewhere in Australia for higher involvement and a better fit. Macarthur coach Ante Milicic had been looking at him too.

A heap of credit is ought to be given to the Bulls head coach for his role in bringing the Englishman to the South-West of Sydney.

“When someone wants you, it’s the best feeling in the world for a player,” Mutch said.

“He’d seen me play last year and knew that I didn’t play enough minutes as well. He’s someone who believes in me and wants to get the best out of me.

“When someone says that as a manager, that’s something that gets people going, right?

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“I’ve seen some players that have come out here and I’ve played with a few boys in my team already, it really excited me.”

Mutch and Craig Noone were Premier League teammates during his 2013/14 loan spell at Cardiff City, and he looks forward to working with him again.

“We’ve got Craig Noone; (Ulises) Dávila was the best player in the league last year. We have a lot of experience and a lot of quality. Hopefully it can be a mixture of everything,” he said.

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For all the differences in dialect, weather, manager, playing surface: Mutch is consistently clear about his approach to football. A heart-warming, simple desire to play and enjoy it as much as possible is neatly dolloped upon his every word.

“I really just want to be in the moment and enjoy my football here. I want to play as many games as I can,” he said.

“People tend to look into the future and forget about what’s now. Football’s only a short career – I just want to enjoy the moment.”

Feature Image Credit: Macarthur FC

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Tom Macraehttp://medium.com/@macraetomr23
Communications undergrad at Western Sydney University covering Macarthur FC in the 2021/22 season. Newcastle United. Jack Grealish fangirl.

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