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Valour Signs ‘Primary Target’ Tass Mourdoukoutas

By on December 27, 2023 0 1233 Views

Less than one month after Australian defender Tass Mourdoukoutas announced his departure from York United, the centre-back has secured his return to the CPL through Winnipeg-based side Valour FC.

The Sydney native had proven himself to be a sturdy addition for York United’s backline over the last one-and-a-half seasons, tallying 38 appearances before departing shortly after helping the side reach playoffs this year.

Vancouver FC Gabriel Bitar Tass Mourdoukoutas
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“He’s been a primary target for us since the season ended,” Valour head coach Phillip Dos Santos told Ed Tait, describing the centre-back as an aggressive player with good pace who immediately caught his eye following his arrival to York United.

“He really has a commanding presence in the back line and that’s important. He’s played the majority of the games in his season-and-a-half at York, and has been not only healthy through that, but has sustained his performance.”

The Valour backline has endured some rotation through to health concerns lately, with the club parting ways with defendesr Andrew Jean-Baptiste and Matthew Chandler, who both had injury-plagued campaigns. Abdou Samake will stay after having his option triggered, though he also had some injury plights in 2023.

After all that, a sturdy centre-back with a healthy track record was a high priority for the club, and they’re happy to have the international locked in for 2024.

“We really targeted and wanted him and so we’re happy we were able to get him,” continued Dos Santos. “It wasn’t easy because it’s never easy when good players are on the market, and that’s why we’re so excited.”

Western Sydney Wanderers Tass Mourdoukoutas
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The defender’s professional career started with the first Western Sydney Wanderers in 2017 after developing at the youth level with Football New South Wales Institute and Sydney Olympic. Mourdoukoutas carved his way up to a senior debut with the Wanderers in 2018. It was a recommendation from WSW head coach Carl Robinson that put Tass on CPL radars, with subsequent scouting proving fruitful.

“We’re talking about an Australian international with A League experience – he’s been in very high level games and that brings experience to the locker room,” continues Dos Santos.

Mourdoukoutas has also earned nine caps for Australia at the U-23 level, where he helped the side reach the AFC U-23 Championship semi-final stage in 2019. It remains to be seen where he’ll land next.

York United Tass Mourdoukoutas 2023
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Combined with the defensive addition of regular season winner Roberto Alarcon, and Valour are making some interesting moves after stating they’d target athletes with proven CPL experience. With the club leading talks with Jose Escalante shortly after landing Shaan Hundal, the offseason is proving quite an interesting one for fans still waiting for success in Winnipeg.

“It’s players like [Tass Mourdoukoutas] and Roberto Alarcon, who are internationals who have started in our league and know what it takes to win. That was important for us, even with the international players we were talking about, to have that assurance and certainty.”

Valour FC did not disclose the full structure of its contract with Tass Mourdoukoutas, who’s deal runs through at least the 2024 CPL season.

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