Mid-Off-Season A-League Wrap Up

Missed what has been happening in the A-League off season? Who is on the A-League roundabout this season, I can assure you it is not just the players but the coaches too. Are people returning to the A-League because they can’t survive overseas, or is the A-League just that awesome and so highly regarded amongst the world? I mean who wouldn’t want to play in stadiums like Marvel Stadium, where superheroes come to play?! I’ll let you decide…..

For those of you wanting to buy new team merchandise may I suggest perhaps buying generic teamwear, or inserting your own name on the back because odds are you the supporter will be around the club longer than half your team, unless you have already *Bolt*ed out for your Central Coast Mariners shirt.

That’s right in the latest crazy news CCM are looking to sign Usain Bolt for a six week trial, with new coach Mike Mulvey, I DID NOT see that coming! Might just be the best kept signing secret. Now we will have to put up with the resurrection of the celebration dab!

Other notable links to the A-League for this upcoming season have included, Torres who was coming to Sydney, Ronaldo to United, Iniesta just generally to the A-League, but apparently money speaks louder than passion. Oh and then there was that awesome new plan to help promote the A-League by having Cahill to sign with a team to help with the marketing and help promote the A-League. Apparently he will help the marketing and bring bigger crowds to games…As for Neymar well who knows which team he will roll into.

Whilst most teams seem to have cut ties with nearly a whole squad each, the recruitment process seems to be taking place, a somewhat new concept to Adelaide United whose signings have included the home coming of Craig Goodwin once again giving rise to conversations about how “back in the day” Munno Para locals managed to get the ball past this now well known star!

Last season Melbourne City were the “new” Adelaide United as they recruited from the Adelaide change rooms (I wish I could recruit from there…). This season City are the boarding school for players not wanted by the club they signed for, Mcgree on loan from club Brugge and Caceres for the big brother of Melbourne City, Manchester City.

Popovic got excited when offered a job out west, thought the Wanderers wanted him back again, was surprised to find himself in a state with a whole other time zone that the World doesn’t revolve around.

However with half a squad of Socceroos Perth could be a dark horse worth watching. The Signing of Spiranovic who will become the backbone for the Glory defence and a pain in the bum in the changeroom as he repeatedly reminisces about his AFC Champions League victory with Tony Popovic. Two spirits reunited.

John Aloisi and Adam Taggart are reunited at Brisbane in the hope Aloisi can remind him how to score goals and reproduce his Golden Boot form of 2013-14.

Ernie Merrick has also had a reunion at Newcastle with Matthew Ridenton a promising young New Zealand international. Although I can’t help but feel Newcastle need to find and extra short term recruit as the 10 match ban to Roy O’Donovan stands after his grand final altercation with Melbourne Victory’s goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas.

In the saddest transfer in my eyes Tarek Elrich signed with the Western Sydney Wanderers under new coach Markus Babbel. Elrich brings much needed experience to the backline, not to mention the best barechested coffee portraits on Instagram.

Melbourne Victory are yet to make a big signing having so far signed a couple of promising youth players, a couple half decent defenders in Corey Brown and Storm Roux, but after losing the likes of Berisha, George and Williams they need to sign someone, though it would be funnier to watch them lose. However recent news has them vying for Keisuke Honda to make his return to the A-League, no official word just yet though.

Sydney has announced the re-signing of Stephen Corica, this time as a coach. However they are yet to make any big player signings after having lost some of their big name players, some seemingly on not so friendly terms, so I expect we need to watch this space. Sydney still seem pretty confident with their media manager who compared their A-League Premiership to France’s World Cup victory…

Wellington Phoenix have also signed a new coach Mark Rudan, who is under no pressure at all, except that the club may have its licence terminated in two seasons if they don’t make substantial improvements, nope no pressure at all…. They have signed Steven Taylor an English defender who played 195 games for Newcastle United in the Premier League will bring a great deal of experience to the Nix. After playing friendlies against Wellington in 2014 he learnt that playing A-League is an easy way to ease into retirement.

So it looks like once again we are in for another season of excitement, passion and drama. Bring it on!

by Michelle Reid

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