Former Players update: 21/01/15 (Transfer Window edition)Posted: January 21, 2015
With the A-League on break for the Asian Cup, the European leagues on winter break and the Asian leagues on their end of season break, there isn’t a great deal to update. There have however been a couple of former Brisbane players who’ve found new clubs in January, or signed new contracts at their current clubs.
Before the transfer section of this, one player’s league is up and running, with the Indian I-League getting underway this past weekend. Milan Susak and his new East Bengal teammates started with a 1-1 draw.
First up in the transfer section, Liam Miller has found himself a new club, with the Irish midfielder returning to his homeland to play for Cork City, the club where he began his career as a junior. Miller, 33, will be playing in his homeland for the first time in his professional career, and was quoted as saying: “I am delighted to be returning home. I will be proud to wear the Cork City jersey and do what I can for the team in front of all my family and friends”. Miller was a free agent after leaving Brisbane via mutual consent in October, playing two games for Melbourne City as an injury replacement in the interim.
Here in the A-League, a couple of former Brisbane players have secured contract extensions at their current clubs, with Nick Fitzgerald signing a two year contract extension with Central Coast Mariners. Meanwhile in Melbourne, former Brisbane youth defender Jason Geria has signed a two year contract extension with Melbourne Victory.
Finally, in a surprise move, Caloundra FC have completed one of the coups of the local season with the announcement that Frank Farina will be apart of their coaching structure for the 2015 season. While the former Roar boss won’t be the head coach of the Sunshine Coast Premier League side, instead he will be offering technical advice, coaching clinics and fundraising opportunities throughout the season. Farina is also a technical advisor for the Fiji u-20 side in the lead up to this years u/20 World Cup in New Zealand.