17/04/2024

He was a crucial part of the Socceroos midfield at the 2014 World Cup. (Photo: Central Coast Mariners)

Once compared to Australian football legend Harry Kewell, Tommy Oar has announced his retirement after a career filled with highs and lows.

Former Socceroo and 2009/10 A-League Young Player of the Year Tommy Oar announced his retirement on Tuesday afternoon.

Once compared to Australian soccer legend Harry Kewell, Oar has had tumultuous career experiencing both the highs and lows. His highest honour came on at the start of 2010 when he made his debut for the Australian Socceroos against Indonesia in a 2011 Asia Cup qualifier.

During his 28 appearances in the yellow and green jersey, which lasted five years, Oar put away two goals and six goal assists. Primarily playing the midfield role, he aided in getting Australia into the 2014 World Cup. Oar was later selected in the 2014 World Cup squad and competed in all group stage matches.

Australia was put into the group of death alongside 2010 World Cup finalists Spain and the Netherlands. It was able to put on gutsy performances against Chile, Netherlands and Spain but was unfortunate not to walk away with any points.

Even though they didn’t register a win it was great development for Oar and many of his younger teammates.

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But on Tuesday, Oar decided enough was enough. He announced that it was never going to be an easy decision for himself but now was the right time to retire.

“I have been fortunate to meet some wonderful people over the last 14 years, travel to and live in some amazing places, enjoy some incredible moments with teammates and staff and I am extremely proud of what I have been able to achieve,” the now retired player said.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their support, since I was a young boy, allowing me to achieve my football dream.”

Oar was Macarthur FC’s inaugural signing. (Photo: Macarthur FC)

Oar was lucky enough to play overseas, playing five years in the Eredivisie for FC Utrecht. Appearing in 105 games, he helped qualify them for the Europa League.

His Europa League debut was against iconic English football team Liverpool FC. After stints with Ipswich Town in the EFL Championship and APOEL FC, he returned back to Australia

At club level Oar was last signed to Macarthur FC, being its inaugural signing for the 2020/21 season. He had previously represented the Brisbane Roar and Central Coast Mariners in the A-League.

During his time at the Roar he received the A-League Young Player of the Year and was included in the PFA A-League Team of the Season.

“I’m excited for the future and continuing my passion and support for football from the sidelines,” Oar said.

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