Off season outlook part 3: Free agency.

With the January transfer window opening next week, I though I would take a look at the situation as it currently stands. Earlier in the week I looked at those off contract and which youth players could be promoted-they promoted Corey Brown today! Today im going to look at who are the free agents at the other 9 clubs and which of those could potentially be a fit in Brisbane.

I will say, that rather than list the obvious targets like Rojas, Rogic, Ryan, ect I’ve take the situation regarding contracted players and the like into account and looked at more realistic options. With the roster as it currently stands I’ve looked more at central midfielders and backup striker options.

 

 

Adelaide:
Caravella: Pass. Tidy player who Mulvey knows from GCU, but not that good overall.
van Djik: Pass. Foreign spot required, not a good idea.
Ramsay:  Pass. Decent attacker, but Brisbane has a wide range of wide attackers already.
Barbiero: Maybe.
Kostopoulos: Pass. Got enough wide players.
Fyfe: Pass. Top 3 centre backs sorted long term.

Central Coast:
Ryan: Pass. Committed long term to Theo.
McBreen: Pass. Ageing, also guaranteed a deal at the Mariners.
Zwaanswijk: Pass. Foreign spot + he’s ageing.
Pellegrino: Pass. Not good enough.
Rogic: Pass. Obviously sign if possible, but it won’t be.
Bozanic: Maybe. Above average left sided midfielder. Slightly better/more expensive swap for Visconte
Hearfield: Pass. Not good enough.
Griffiths: Pass. Not good enough.
McGlinchey: Pass. Expensive, and foreign.
McDonald: Pass. Got two left fullbacks.

Caceres: Pass. Unproven.
Pasfield: Pass. Got two keepers.
Sterjovski: Pass. Ageing.
Oates: Pass. Unproven.
Kwasnik: Pass. Not good enough.

Melbourne Heart:
Bolton: Pass. Got two keepers.
Colosimo: Pass. Ageing.
Fred: Pass. Ageing, foreign.
Thompson: Pass. Good player, but cost prohibitive with so many long term deals.
Tadic: Pass. Foreign.
Germano: Pass. Foreign.
Hoffman: Maybe. Potentially cheap, versatile midfielder/attacker.
Kalmar: Pass. Not good enough.

Dugandzic: Pass. No real need for wingers.
Gray:
Pass. Foreign.
Garcia: Pass. Ageing, cost prohibitive
Grella: Pass. Ageing.


Melbourne Victory:

Velaphi: Pass: Got two keepers.
Broxham: Maybe. Potentially cheap, #6 midfielder.
Rojas: Pass. Quality player, but won’t happen.

Ferreira: Pass. Versatile, but not good enough.
Celeski: Maybe. Shown signs of improvement under Ange, but likely to stay there.
Cernak: Maybe. Cheap midfielder, from Brisbane. Quality is questionable however.
Thomas: Pass. Got two keepers.
Dilevski: Pass. Not good enough.

Newcastle:
Kennedy: Pass. Got two goalkeepers.
Calvano:  Pass. Foreign spot.
Zadkovich: Pass. Not good enough.
Ribeiro:  Pass. Foreign spot.
Gallaway: Pass. Not good enough.
Wheelhouse: Pass. Not good enough.
Virgili: Pass. Handy player, but we’ve got enough wingers.

Bridges: Pass. Ageing, and foreign.
Jesic: Pass. Not good enough.

Perth:
van den Brink: Pass. Foreign.
Pantelidis: Pass. Not good enough, also impetuous in the tackle.
Ward: Pass. Not good enough.
Heffernan: Pass. Got two left fullbacks.

Miller: Pass. Foreign.
Zahra: Pass. Got enough wide men, not good enough/
Dodd: Pass. Ageing, expensive.
McGarry: Pass. Foreign.
O’Neill: Pass. Unproven.
Berger: Pass. Not good enough.
Risdon: Pass. Got two right fullbacks.
Young: Pass. Not good enough.

Sydney:
Necevski: Pass. Got two goalkeepers.
Sherlock: Pass. Trialled before the 09/10 season in the 1st pre-season game vs. City. Not good enough then, no better now.
A. Griffiths: Pass. Slightly overrated, ageing and also got 3 centre backs now.
Reid: Pass. Not good enough.
McFlynn: Pass. Not good enough.
Chianese: Maybe. Versatile attacker. The Davies signing probably rules it out however.
McClenahan: Pass. Not good enough.
Lovrek: Pass. Not good enough, foreign.
Yau: Pass. Foreign.

Wellington:
Paston: Pass. Got two goalkeepers.
Lochhead: Pass. Good player, but got two left fullbacks + foreigner in Aus.
Bertos: Pass. Foreigner.
Totori: Pass. Foreigner.
Pavlovic: Maybe. Typical #9 type, potentially cheap backup for Berisha.
Downey: Maybe. No real need, but grew up in the Brisbane area apparently.
Pantelis: Pass. Tidy player, but ageing and has serious knee injury issues.
Sanchez: Pass. Foreign.
Smith: Pass: Foreign.

Western Sydney:
Covic:
Pass. Got two keepers.
Tyson: Pass. Got two keepers.
Beauchamp: Pass. Got two experienced central defenders.
Topor-Stanley: Pass. Got two experienced central defenders.
Caira: Maybe. Versatile young defender/midfielder with European exp.
D’Apuzzo: Pass. Got two left fullbacks.
Elrich: Pass. Got two right fullbacks.
Cole: Pass. Got both fullbacks positions sorted.
Trifiro: Pass. Not good enough.

Mooy: Maybe. Given his break out season, could be potentially out of reach cap wise.
Minnieccon: Pass. Needs to get back to form before even considering it, even with Mulvey as an ex GCU connection.
Appiah-Kubi: Pass. Unproven.
Haliti: Pass. Not good enough
Bridge: Pass. Not good enough.
Kressinger: Pass. Not good enough, foreign.:
La Rocca: Pass. Foreign.
Ono: Pass. Ageing, already have a foreign marquee.

So, in summary here’s the players I picked out as potential targets, not exactly the most appetising names you’ve ever seen, but with 15 players signed on for next season, taking up the majority of the salary cap, it’s unlikely there’ll be too many big signings before next season after the recent arrivals of Davies and especially North.

 

Barbiero: Maybe. Handy midfield option, and Brisbane have a few midfielders off contract.
Bozanic: Maybe. Above average left sided midfielder. Slightly better/more expensive swap for Visconte.

Hoffman: Maybe. Potentially cheap, versatile midfielder/attacker.
Broxham: Maybe. Potentially cheap, #6 midfielder. Could stay with Victory.

Celeski: Maybe. Shown signs of improvement under Ange, but likely to stay there.

Cernak: Maybe. Cheap midfielder, from Brisbane. Quality is questionable however.
Chianese: Maybe. Versatile attacker. The Davies signing probably rules it out however.
Mooy: Maybe. Given his break out season, could be potentially out of reach cap wise.
Caira: Maybe. Versatile young defender/midfielder with European exp.

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