Tommy Oar, the FC Utrecht winger has been the undoubted star for his side in recent times. The exciting Australian has been a thorn in many a defenders side as he develops into one of the most promising attacking talents in the Eredivisie.

  • By Mark Thompson
  • Follow Mark on Twitter

oar utrThe 22 year old from Gold Coast began his professional career in 2008 with Brisbane Roar as he amassed 23 league appearances before his move to the Stadion Galgenwaard in 2010. During his final season in the A-League, Oar was awarded with the Young Player of the year award, an award that helped cement his obvious potential. Upon signing with the Dutch agent Rob Jensen in 2010, a move to the Eredivisie was almost a certainty with a number of top Dutch clubs interested in his signature, with Feyenoord appearing as the most likely destination. However it was FC Utrecht that was impressed with the young Socceroos senior international debut against Indonesia, after which he was invited to train with the club and a contract offer soon followed.

After making his Utrecht debut in July 2010 in the clubs Europa League qualifier against KF Tirana, Oar featured in 7 league games during that season and appearing 87 times in total as well as netting 4 goals until the end of the 2013/14 season. During this campaign, Oar has displayed excitement and maturity in his play especially during his team’s incredible victory on matchday 3 in the De Kuip against Feyenoord where he assisted in both goals in the impressive 2-1 win. A further assist in Utrecht’s 1-0 home win against Groningen on matchday 6 as well as again setting up Ruud Boymans in the 3-1 matchday 9 win over Dordrecht.

Oar’s contract comes to an end at the end of this season and the Aussie has openly said that he would like to stay at the Galgenwaard and manager Rob Alflen would hope to tie him down as the club attempts to replicate the form that won them back to back Cup wins in 2003 and 2004 as well as aiming to bring back European football to Utrecht. However recent links with Ajax is bound to turn Oar’s head as the Amsterdam club look to replace Lasse Schone who is expected to move on next summer.

With the experienced gained from starring for his country in the World Cup in Brazil, as well as being a mainstay in the FC Utrecht side over the past few seasons, the fans will hope he continues his development in Utrecht, as well as hoping to add more goal scoring to his game, and therefore his skill can remain in the Eredivisie.

Mark Thompson (4 Posts)