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Australian Football: Transfer business so far

The 2022/23 A-League campaign is months away but there is plenty of transfer activity taking place with some exciting signings already in the bag.

Perth Glory, who picked up the wooden spoon last season have been the most active when bringing in a host of new signings.

It has been a real statement from the powers that be. Former striker Andy Keogh is the new head of recruitment after retiring at the end of last season and he has been a very busy man.

Western Sydney Wanderers have also been super active. It is coach Mark Rudan’s first off-season since taking charge at the club and he is desperate to make his mark on the squad and launch a push for finals next season.

Newcastle Jets, Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne Victory have also been busy so lets take a look at the business done so far.

Perth Glory

After a poor 2021/22 season it is important that the Perth hierarchy give the fans some hope and they have done that with a flurry of signings.

The signing of Daniel Sturridge proved to be a big disappointment last season and it looks like Glory may have learnt their lesson.

They have turned to tried and trusted A-League players with Stefan Colakovski and Matt Hatch arriving from Melbourne City and the Central Coast Mariners respectively.

Socceroo Mustafa Amini has been there and done it and will add experience and quality to the midfield. He returned from overseas to play for Sydney FC last season and now it is next stop Perth.

Ryan Williams was born in Perth but moved to England when he was younger. The winger has played for a number of clubs in England, most recently Oxford United, but is now with Glory after signing a three-year deal.

Another player with vast experience in England, Mark Beevers, has also signed. The central defender, who has represented Millwall, Bolton and Peterborough has signed a two-year deal.

Newcastle Jets

Jets boss Arthur Papas completely revamped his squad 12 months and it made a big difference as they made their way up the ladder.

He is at it again this off-season with a number of new signings already through the door. Trent Buhagiar is the latest. The young striker has bags of potential but a lack of first-team football at Sydney FC held him back. He now has the chance to play week in, week out and get among the goals.

Reno Piscopo is another good signing. The winger arrives from Wellington Phoenix having scored eight goals in 59 appearances and at 24 has his best years ahead of him.

Brandon O’Neill will add plenty of experience in midfield after cutting short his time contract with Perth Glory to return east for family reasons.

Western Sydney Wanderers

The Wanderers are desperate to get back into finals and Rudan is making a host of changes to his ranks ahead of the new season.

Romain Amalfitano looks to be a shrewd bit of business. The midfielder has played for the likes of Newcastle United in the past and will add skill and experience.

Kusini Yengi caught the eye last season when on the books of Adelaide United. He scored six goals in 27 games and will be another goal threat for the Wanderers next season.

Oliver Bozanic is another experienced campaigner having played in the A-League with Melbourne Victory and more recently Central Coast Mariners.

Rudan has also brought in a number of younger players so looks set to have a good blend of youth and experience in his squad, with more signings to come.

Central Coast Mariners

The Mariners have suffered a setback as star central defender Kye Rowles has left the club to sign for Scottish club Hearts, but there have been new arrivals also.

Thomas Aquilina and Michael Ruhs have arrived from Western Sydney Wanderers and Macarthur respectively, while Samuel Silvera is back at the club following a spell in Portugal with Pacos de Ferreira.

Arguably their biggest signing is a re-signing. Striker Jason Cummings, who scored 10 goals in 21 games in the second half of the season, has penned a contract extension.

So has boss Nick Montgomery so the Mariners are looking good for yet another finals push.

Melbourne Victory

Victory were back pushing for glory last season and have not let the grass grow under them as they look to go one step further in the 2022/23 A-League season.

Boss Tony Popovic has made a couple of great additions already with talented defender Noah Smith arriving from the Mariners, while central defender George Timotheou has signed from Adelaide United.

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