Former Players Wrap 23/01/17

After a break over the Christmas period, the former player’s wrap returns for 2017 with a bunch of news from the past month. This week’s wrap up covers all of the recent transfer moves in addition to the return from injury for one of the Roar’s former Dutch attackers.

Kruse joins the CSL revolution
Robbie Kruse is the latest Australian to join the Chinese Super League, with the former Bayer Leverkusen winger joining Liaoning Whowin. Joining Kruse at Liaoning is James Holland, with the midfielder departing Adelaide United just five months after joining the defending champions.

Kruse has struggled for game time in Germany over the last 12 month, with a string of injuries and the arrival of new players seeing him pushed to the periphery of the squad.

While it isn’t confirmed, Kruse’ arrival in Liaoning could spell the end of Dario Vidosic’ time at the club, with the former Roar attacker joining the club at the end of the last A-League season.

Yeboah aiming for first team football
With his contract set to expire in June, Kwame Yeboah is hoping to break into the Borussia Monchengladbach first team squad, as well as signing a new deal with the club. Yeboah has been a regular in the clubs II side since joining in January 2014, but his run of form this season has seen him on the fringes of the first team. Yeboah has six goals in 16 appearances for the II this year. Here’s a highlights video of his time in Germany.

Ferreira on the move
Diogo Ferreira has a new club for the 2017 season, with the utility player joining Malaysian Super League side Penang FA. Prior to the move, Ferreira made a handful of appearances for Indonesian club Persib Bandung –also home of Sergio van Djik- after leaving Perth Glory at the end of the last A-League season.

Karlovic to Adelaide?
A forgotten member of the Roar, Mario Karlovic could be set for a deal with his hometown club as Adelaide United seeks midfield re-enforcements ahead of their Asian Champions League. The much travelled Karlovic has spent the last few years in South-East Asia following his brief stint with Brisbane back in 2009. Karlovic made five appearances for Brisbane after arriving as an injury replacement for Massimo Murdocca.

Litfin leaves Wellington
Ben Litfin has returned to Queensland after leaving Wellington Phoenix just three months after joining the club. Litfin is taking the chance to find regular first team football back here in the NPL Queensland after finding himself on the outer following Ernie Merrick’s departure. Liftin made just the two appearances for the Phoenix in the A-League. No word yet on where he will play in 2017 at this stage.

Sawyer to the Jets

One move which went under the radar was big striker Harrison Sawyer departing the Young Roar set-up and linking up with the Newcastle Jets. After an initial trial, Sawyer made his debut for the Jets two weeks ago in the National Youth League, scoring a hat-trick against Sydney FC.

That display, in addition to injuries saw Mark Jones call the big striker up to the A-League squad for Sunday’s clash with the Wanderers, with the former Western Pride product coming off the bench for the final 15 minutes.

The big striker burst onto the Young Roar scene last year with a dominating performance against Adelaide United where he scored five goals in a 10-0 win, but was seldom used in the NPL Queensland or this seasons NYL campaign. His only appearance this season for the Roar came as a substitute in round one against the Victory.

Sawyer joins Lachlan Jackson and Devante Clut as former Brisbane players at the Newcastle Jets. With chances for Young Roar players getting a chance here under John Aloisi at a premium, it’s good to see a few of them getting a chance elsewhere.

Stef Nijland returns from injury
Dutch attacker Stef Nijland made his first appearance for PEC Zwolle since August 20th over the weekend, playing the final 11 minutes of their 2-1 win over ADO Den Haag. The 28 year old returned to the first team squad over the winter break training camp in Spain having been out for much of the season due to a hamstring injury.

Here’s the tables.

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