Mitch Austin eyes goals galore at Victory


Melbourne Victory forward Mitch Austin has been a revelation this season, but the 25-year-old says he can only get better.

Since crossing from Central Coast Mariners in the off-season, Austin has started in all six matches for Victory in the Hyundai A-League and scored three goals.

He netted five goals from 23 appearances last season for the Mariners.

“It was one of my targets to score more goals, and I’ve been working quite hard at that in training,” Austin told For Vuck’s Sake.

“I think I’ve started OK, and I’m still working hard to improve. It’s still early days. I don’t think I’m anywhere near yet where I should be.

“It’s a long season. Hopefully as the games go on I can improve and score more goals.”

Austin has benefited from the intense nature of Victory training, as well as the number of quality players pushing for starting positions in the front third.

The likes of Marco Rojas, Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Jai Ingham and new loan signing Max Beister have shown they are capable of performing in wide attacking areas.

“When I came to the club I wasn’t really expecting to start games at first. It was always an aim to try and break into the team,” Austin said.

“Fahid played mostly on the left last year and he’s a really good player. Maxi’s come in as well and he’s a really good player, and he showed it on the weekend. Jai’s a good player as well.

“I think it’s good competition. It brings the best out of everyone. 

“Everyone wants to start every week, and everyone pushes each other at training.”