Amini leaves Randers for Danish rival AGF Aarhus

Mustafa Amini has taken the next step in his blossoming career by signing a four-year deal with AGF Aarhus on the back of an impressive debut season for fierce local Danish Superliga rivals Randers.

With two years to run in his Randers contract, the former Olyroos captain - and Socceroos player-in-waiting - is aiming to go to the next level at the four-time champions, who have been labelled as the "sleeping giants" of Danish football after a long spell without silverware - though they did finish runners-up in last season's Danish Cup.

Signed for an undisclosed fee, it's known that Randers were reluctant to lose one of their most influential players, especially to their arch-enemies.

But with the promise of playing in his preferred central midfield role 23-year-old Amini - who made 38 appearances in all competitions last season - was keen to join a club oozing ambition and coached by Glen Ridersholm, who led FC Midtjylland to the title the season before last.

Formerly of Central Coast and Borussia Dortmund, Amini, who passed a medical on Wednesday, hopes that further success at a club which is aiming for the title this season will strengthen his claims for a Socceroos call-up.

Agent Buddy Farah, who brokered the deal to the club which finished 10th last season, said: "They are a big club, it's a big project and they have big ambitions for next season.

"He is going to be a massive part of their squad, if he continues to do well he will be one of the players who pulls the strings for them. Playing in his favourite position was a big carrot for Musti.

"With a big club comes big pressure and Musti thrives on that."

In a match against AGF last season, Amini was sent-off in a heated derby for a mistimed tackle.   

However that controversy seems not to have deterred one of Denmark's oldest clubs - AGF was founded in 1902.