2016-17 Free Agency- Part twoPosted: December 15, 2016
The 2016-17 free agency window opened on December first which means that out of contract players can now negotiate with rival clubs to secure their futures. In part one we took a look at the Brisbane players who are out of contract at the end of the season, today in part two we’ll take a look at players from the nine rival clubs in addition to potential additions from the youth setup.
Before we get into potential free agents from rival clubs it’s worth remembering the current situation for Brisbane Roar, who have 12 players signed for next season. While they have the full allotment of visa spaces available, the two marquee places have been filled by Brett Holman and Tommy Oar.
We’ll start by taking a look at the players in the Young Roar set-up where there’s a few players who could be worthy of a chance. It is worth noting however that just two youth graduates –Nicholas D’Agostino and Nathan Konstandopoulos- have made their debut under Aloisi, it’s likely that chances for players in this category are likely to be limited.
At the top of the list for youth players who could get a chance is Young Roar captain Cameron Crestani, whose been apart of the setup for 3 seasons now and has improved his game each season as a central defender.
Crestani has also played limited time at both right and left back which indicates versatility and could make him a prime candidate to provide cover in the first team. With just five defenders signed for next season there will undoubtedly be additions in this area, and Crestani is the prime in house option.
Further forward the likes of Joseph Champness and Nicholas Panetta have started the 2016-17 NYL season strongly and have jumped to the front of the queue in terms of first team prospects. With the likes of Thomas Broich, Manuel Arana and Dimitri Petratos all out of contract there’s a chance that a spot could open up for somebody, although more experienced options here are more likely.
The words of John Aloisi at a fans forum last year about moving players on after two seasons if they haven’t progressed to the first team level indicate that for a number of these players it’s a big 6 months ahead through the second half of the National Youth League and into the NPL Queensland.
While not strictly youth team players, the opportunity to create greater first team opportunity for fringe squad players and scholarship players like Kye Rowles, Connor O’Toole, Shannon Brady, Nicholas D’Agostino and Joe Caletti is also a factor which could limit opportunities for other players to be promoted from the youth squad.
When it comes to free agents, we’ve broken them down into three separate categories; the unlikely high priced options, the nostalgic options and the youngsters with potential.
The unlikely high priced options
– Luke Brattan (Melbourne City), Bruno Fornaroli (Melbourne City), Milos Ninkovic (Sydney FC).
We’ll start the opposition player list with the high priced options and while those mentioned above significantly add to the squad and bring a bit of excitement, although the truth is signings of this calibre from rival clubs are unlikely particularly with both marquee positions full. It’s far more likely that Brisbane looks to either players returning from overseas or visa imported players to fill this category.
The nostalgic options
James Donachie (Melbourne Victory), Henrique (Adelaide United), Jai Ingham (Melbourne Victory), Lachlan Jackson (Newcastle Jets), Mitch Nichols (Western Sydney Wanderers).
Looking to this years group of free agents there are a number of players who could return to Brisbane and add to the squad. At the back the likes of James Donachie or Lachlan Jackson could compete with Daniel Bowles for a central defensive spot should Jade North not return.
Further forward the likes of Jai Ingham or former Grand Final Henrique could provide an attacking option off the bench, although the wide midfield positions are well stocked with internal options.
In years past Brisbane brought a number of players back for a second spell at the club, with the likes of Steven Lustica, Matt McKay, Jean Carlos Solórzano and Daniel Bowles all returning after previously moving on.
Other former Brisbane players who are currently available include the likes of Luke Brattan, Jason Geria, Matt Jurman, Ben Litfin, Steven Lustica, Liam Reddy and Matt Acton, who’s currently on an injury replacement contract with Melbourne Victory.
The youngsters with potential
Kearyn Baccus (Western Sydney Wanderers), Jordan Elsey (Adelaide United), Scott Galloway (Central Coast Mariners), Alex Grant (Perth Glory), George Howard (Melbourne Victory), Marc Marino (Adelaide United), Lachlan Scott (Western Sydney Wanderers), Jordan Thurtell (Perth Glory), Aryn Williams (Perth Glory).
The final category that we’ll take a look at is young players who’ve shown promise at times in the A-League, which is a group that Brisbane have recruited from in the past. The likes of Jacob Pepper, Diogo Ferreira, Andrew Redmayne, Kofi Danning and Matt Jurman all fit into this category amongst others.
This year’s group is headlined by the likes of Jordan Elsey, Scott Galloway and Alex Grant, who’ve all been semi-regulars in the A-League over the past 18 months and could be worth pursing. Galloway however has only just moved from Melbourne Victory to Central Coast Mariners and Jordan Elsey is out for the season with a knee injury so they may not be viable targets.
The likes of Aryn Williams, who could provide cover across the backline –including at Right Back where depth is limited-, while goalkeeper Jordan Thurtell may fancy a return to Queensland after three seasons in Perth.
While there’s plenty of strikers in the group above, with Brisbane having Katebian and D’Agostino amongst their own free agents it’s unlikely that they will delve into that market, but there’s a few handy options amongst them.
If I had to guess which players Brisbane would target, id say that Brisbane are likely to look internally at their own options more than those of rival clubs. In terms of players, the likes of Henrique, Lachlan Jackson, Aryn Williams, Alex Grant, James Donachie and Scott Galloway appear to be the best suited for Brisbane’s needs although im sure there will be a number of clubs who have similar ideas.
In truth, it’s far more likely that Brisbane re-signs the majority of their free agents, promote one –maybe two- of their own youth prospects and spend the rest of their resources on bringing in high quality imports.
There’s plenty of others to consider, here’s the full list of free agents at the end of the 2016-17 Season
*Visa players in bold.
Marcelo Carrusca, Sergio Cirio, Jordan Elsey, Eugene Galekovic, Sergio Guardiola (loan), John Hall, Ryan Kitto, Iacopo La Rocca, Marc Marino, Michael Marrone, Dylan McGowan, George Mells, Nikola Mileusnic, Mark Ochieng, Taylor Regan, Isaias Sanchez, Henrique Silva.
Manuel Arana, Thomas Broich, Nicholas D’Agostino, Luke DeVere, Joey Katebian, Nathan Konstandopoulos, Thomas Kristensen, Jamie Maclaren, Jade North, Jacob Pepper, Dimitri Petratos, Michael Theo.
Central Coast Mariners
Jake Adelson, Kwabena Appiah, Josh Bingham, Fabio Ferreira, Jacques Faty, Matthew Fletcher, Scott Galloway, Paul Izzo, Brad McDonald, Nick Montgomery, Ivan Necevski, Roy O’Donovan, Jacob Poscoliero, Michael Neill, Storm Roux, Mickael Tavares.
Dean Bouzanis, Luke Brattan (loan), Anthony Caceres (loan), Nicholas Colazo (loan), Bruno Fornaroli, Corey Gameiro, Steve Kuzmanovski, Josh Rose, Thomas Sorensen.
Matt Acton, Nicholas Ansell, Mitch Austin, Alan Baro, Max Beister (loan), Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Alastair Bray, Leigh Broxham, James Donachie, Daniel Georgievski, Jason Geria, George Howard, Jai Ingham, Rashid Mahazi, Lawrence Thomas, James Troisi, Carl Valeri.
Andy Brennan, Mitch Cooper, Labinot Haliti, Andrew Hoole, Lachlan Jackson, Ben Kantarovski, Ben Kennedy, Johnny Koutroumbis, Mao Leilei, Daniel Mullen, Morten Nordstrand, Radovan Pavicevic, Mateo Poljak, Steven Ugarkovic.
Diego Castro, Joel Chianese, Dino Djulbic, Nick Feely, Richard Garcia, Alex Grant, Chris Harold, Nebosa Marinkovic, Mitchell Oxborrow, Kosta Petratos, Liam Reddy, Josh Risdon, Milan Smiljanic, Jordan Thurtell, Marc Warren, Aryn Williams, Rhys Williams, Brandon Wilson.
George Blackwood, Bobo, Aaron Calver, David Carney, Milos Dimitrijevic, Rhyan Grant, Filip Holosko, Bernie Ibini (loan), Milos Ninkovic, Chris Oldfield, Brandon O’Neill, Matthew Jurman, Sebastian Ryall, Riley Woodcock.
Roly Bonevacia, Thomas Doyle, Andrew Durante, Ben Litfin, Lewis Italiano, Roy Krishna, Vince Lia, Ryan Lowry, Michael McGlinchey, Glen Moss, Adam Parkhouse, Alex Rodriguez, Liam Rogerson, Alex Rufer, Hamish Watson, Jacob Tratt.
Western Sydney Wanderers
Kearyn Baccus, Shannon Cole, Dimas Delgado, Brendan Hamill, Jumpei Kusukami, Steven Lustica, Emilio Martinez, Nico Martinez (loan), Scott Neville, Mitch Nichols, Bruno Pinatares, Andrew Redmayne, Lachlan Scott, Mario Shabow, Jaushua Sotirio, Jerrad Tyson, Liam Youlley.