Off-season update

Adelaide
In: Bruce Kamau (NYL Promotion)
Out: Nigel Boogaard (Newcastle Jets)
Out of contract: Miguel Palanca, Cameron Watson

Adelaide are the most settled of the teams across the league with minimal changes to Josep Gombau’s side which fell 90 minutes short of the Grand Final. In terms of needs, the biggest need to fill is at the back with a defender needed to replace the departed Boogaard. Another striker to play either in place of, or alongside the oft-injured Bruce Djite could also be on the agenda. It’s a settled side with a nice mix of experience and young local players however, not a lot to be done.

Brisbane
In:
John Aloisi (Head Coach), Shannon Brady (NYL Promotion)
Out: Andrija Kaluderovic (Released), George Lambadaridis (Released), Kofi Danning (Oakleigh Cannons- NPL Victoria), Adam Sarota (FC Utrecht- Netherlands (Loan Return)), Ben Litfin (Palm Beach Sharks- NPL Queensland),  Jesse Daley (Melbourne Victory NPL), Frans Thijssen (Head Coach), Rado Vidosic (Assistant Coach), Ken Stead (Technical Director).
Out of Contract: Nil.

It’s been an off-season of change for Brisbane off the park with the ownership cleaning house by removing the GM, the Technical Director and the coach, with John Aloisi given the job of bringing the Roar back to the top. In terms of players there’s no new arrivals as of yet, however a few players have departed, most notably Andrija Kaluderovic who scored 7 goals in 16 games. The biggest need will be upfront, with depth in the middle third also needed. The clubs bevy of talented NYL side gives them plenty of options should they look in that direction.

Central Coast Mariners
In: Roy O’Donovan (Mitra Kukar- Indonesia), Mitchell Austin (Cambridge United- England)
Out: Richard Vernes (Budapest Honved- Hungary (Loan Return)), John Hutchinson (Retired), Dejan Pandurevic (Manly United), Zac Anderson, Brent Griffiths, Matt Simon, Tom Slater, Isaka Cernak, Hayden Morton (All Released).
Out of contract– Eddy Bosnar.

Tony Walmsley has a lot of work to do when it comes to re-working this roster, with Irish journeyman Roy O’Donovan and young Australian Mitch Austin the first step. Of those leaving, Anderson was probably their best and is someone who would fit in a few teams across the league. There’s a lot more to do however, and he may look in the direction of Everton, with whom they have a player development relationship. Rebuilding the Mariners, with the restrictions the ownership have implemented will be a tough gig.

Melbourne City
In: Ivan Franjic (Free Agent), Steven Kuzmanovski (Western Sydney Wanderers)
Out: Andrew Redmayne (Western Sydney Wanderers), Damien Duff, Kew Jaliens, Iain Ramsay, Mate Dugandzic, Rob Wielaert (All Released).
Out of contract: Jonatan Germano, Massimo Murdocca, Harry Novillo, Tando Velaphi.

City fell one game short of the Grand Final and have wasted little time in re-tooling with the release of three of their visa players. Coming in is Ivan Franjic, whose back in the A-League after a disappointing year in Russia with Torpedo Moscow. City find themselves in a position where their final recruits will most likely be visa players who they’ll hope make the difference this season. A goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and winger could all be on the agenda.

Melbourne Victory
In: Danny Vukovic (Perth Glory).
Out: Nathan Coe, Andrew Nabbout, Jordan Brown, Michael Turnbull (All Released), John Paul de Marginy (Newcastle Jets- Assistant Coach).
Out of Contract: Daniel Georgievski, Lawrence Thomas, Archie Thompson, Jesse Makarounas.

Last years double winners are another stable side as they look to defend their title, with Danny Vukovic the only new arrival as yet. All eyes are however on Georgievski and Thompson, who could be waiting for the new CBA to be announced to see if they can afford to keep both or if they’re forced to choose between the two. Victory’s recruitment is almost done, with the majority of their squad in tact, however that could change if Mark Milligan departs for the Middle East.

Newcastle Jets
In:
Nigel Boogaard (Adelaide United), Andy Brennan (South Melbourne- NPL Victoria), Scott Miller (Fulham FC-England- Manager), John Paul de Marginy (Melbourne Victory- Assistant Coach).
Out: Andrew Hoole (Sydney FC), Zenon Caravella, Jess Vanstrattan, Taylor Regan, Sam Gallagher, James Virgili, John Solari (All Released), Phil Stubbins (Manager).
Out of contract: Nil.

It’s been all change for the Jets, who now find themselves under the ownership of the FFA. Unpopular manager Phil Stubbins has been shown the door, with English based Australian Scott Miller announced as head coach yesterday. Player wise Nigel Boogaard is the biggest addition to date, however they’ll need much more than that to lift themselves from the foot of the table.

Perth Glory
In:
Mitchell Oxborrow (NYL Promotion), Antony Golec (Western Sydney Wanderers).
Out. Daniel De Silva (AS Roma- Italy), Jack Duncan (Randers FC- Denmark), Brandon O’Neill (Sydney FC), Riley Woodcock (Sydney FC),  Matthew Davies (Pahang FA- Malaysia), Rostyn Griffiths, Denis Kramar, Dejan Paljic (All Released).
Out of contract: Nil

After last year’s salary cap scandal, it’s an off-season of getting things in order as opposed to making big name additions, with Antony Golec their only addition from outside the club. The loss of both De Silva and Rostyn Griffiths will hurt their depth, as will the loss of home grown trio Woodcock, O’Neill and Davies.

Sydney FC
In:
Andrew Hoole (Newcastle Jets), Brandon O’Neill (Perth Glory) Riley Woodcock (Perth Glory).
Out: Marc Janko, Ivan Necevski, Sasa Ognenovski, Corey Gameiro, Milos Dimitrijevic, Hagi Gligor, Peter Triantis, Nick Carle (All Released).
Out of contract: Nil.

Sydney are another settled side, as you’d expect of a side who finished top two and made the Grand Final, with the majority of their recruitment completed back in January with Tavares, Faty and Stambolziev all sticking around. Marquee man Marc Janko departs however, as does Milos Dimitrijevic, who was linked to Brisbane back a couple of months ago.

Wellington Phoenix
In:
Nil.
Out: Tyler Boyd (Vitoria de Guimaraes- Portugal), Michael Boxall (SuperSport United- South Africa), Kenny Cunningham, Josh Brindell-South, Jason Hicks, Joel Griffiths (All Released).
Out of Contract- Nil.

Things have been quiet across the Tasman since their season ended in week one of the finals, with Ernie Merrick looking for 2 or 3 additions to his squad to push his side over the top. They reportedly made an offer to Archie Thompson, before withdrawing it after the deadline they imposed passed. Youngster Tyler Boyd is off to Portugal to further his career.

Western Sydney Wanderers:
In: Andrew Redmayne (Melbourne City), Jacob Pepper (Newcastle Jets), Scott Neville (Newcastle Jets), Shayne D’Cunha (NYL Promotion), Luke Youlley (NYL Promotion).
Out: Yianni Perkatis (Blacktown City- NPL NSW), Antony Golec (Perth Glory), Ante Covic, Tomi Juric, Nikita Rukavystya, Kerem Bulut, Iacopo La Rocca, Nick Ward, Jason Trifiro, Nick Kalmar, Adrian Madaschi, Sam Gallaway, Yusuke Tanaka, Yojiro Takahagi, Martin Lo (All Released).
Out of Contract: Nil.

After an extremely long season, the Wanderers have taken the opportunity to make sweeping changes to the roster after they gave Tony Popovic a new long term extension. Out go players who helped them to the ACL victory like Juric, Covic and La Rocca, in addition to midseason revelation Kerem Bulut and Japanese duo Tanaka and Takahagi. All up a massive 15 players have been let go by the Wanderers after a disappointing domestic season. Replacing them so far are goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne, defender Scott Neville and utility Jacob Pepper. You’d have to think there’s something big coming for the Wanderers with that much turnover.

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