Socceroos: Mitch Duke considering a club move

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Socceroos striker Mitch Duke is considering his future at his club Machida Zelvia, where he has been on the bench since his team’s promotion to the Japanese top division.

The 33-year-old Duke has not started a single game in the J1 League this season and has made all of his 15 appearances as a substitute.

This year, he has only started two matches in the J-League Cup. Overall, Duke has scored four goals in 17 appearances in all competitions for Zelvia in 2024.

And while he was delighted to contribute to his newly promoted team’s unexpected rise to the top of the J1 League table, Duke’s lack of match practice has left him hesitant to weigh up his options ahead of the July transfer window.

“Given my competitiveness, it will definitely show and I will have a big decision to make at the start of this transfer window,” said the former Western Sydney Wanderers and Central Coast Mariners star.

“I’ve had some discussions with my club, so I guess we’ll see how it goes.

“I’m just focused on taking my opportunities when I get them… and the last month has been really good.

“I’m in good form as a goalscorer, the club is very happy with my performance and we’ll see what happens with more playing time.

“If not, then Japan’s (transfer) window will open in July. And I will have to make a big decision at that time.”

More playing time would also help Duke continue to play a central role in coach Graham Arnold’s Socceroos’ plans for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Duke, who is currently in training camp with the Socceroos ahead of Thursday night’s World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh in Dhaka and next Tuesday’s match against Palestine in Perth, is well aware of the battle for the central attacker position in Australia’s top eleven.

“The more competition the better. This will only improve the depth of our squad,” he said.

“It’s really great to see how many more strikers we have at our disposal and what fantastic seasons they’ve had with ‘Tags’ (Adam Taggart), ‘Stama’ (Apostolos Stamatelopoulos), Kusini (Yengi) … and I can raise my hand myself.

“We have ‘Lecks’ (Mathew Leckie) who can play that role as well and even ‘Boyley’ (Martin Boyle) so we have a lot of attacking power.

“I love this competition, I welcome it and it will be interesting to see who comes forward and shows in training who is selected for the game against Bangladesh and the game against Palestine.”

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