Oar focus country, not club

Socceroos winger Tommy Oar insists the uncertainty over his club future won’t be a distraction ahead of next week’s World Cup qualifier against Kyrgyzstan.

Oar is currently without a club after deciding not to seek a contract extension at Eredivisie club FC Utrecht at the end of last season.

The 23-year-old had hoped to have his next club sorted before the Socceroos started their road to Russia but as yet his next destination is still in limbo.

FC Utrecht's Tommy Oar in action against Ajax in the Eredivise.

“Not at all,” Oar told FFA TV when asked if the uncertainty over his future was a distraction.

“The moment we came in to camp we had a meeting. We wanted to make sure everyone was on the same page.

“For me, when I’m in camp my focus is only on the national team. After the game on Tuesday I’ll switch my focus back to my club team.

“For now it doesn’t really change anything for me.”

Oar’s sole focus at the moment is trying to force his way into Ange Postecoglou’s starting side in what is an ultra-competitive front three.

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The pacy winger is battling with the likes of James Troisi, Nathan Burns and Mathew Leckie for the wide roles in Bishkek, with Tim Cahill to spearhead the attack.

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“At the moment there’s only two or three positions and probably five or six players putting their hand up to be selected,” Oar said of the number of attacking options at Postecoglou’s disposal.

“From our perspective it’s a welcome challenge.

“It’s pushing everyone to reach their potential and to really try and test themselves. Sometimes it can be difficult but it’s a welcome challenge.”

The Socceroos expect to face a confident Kyrgyzstan outfit following their 3-1 win over Bangladesh in their opening qualifier on Thursday night.