A-League Transfer Wrap
We've got the winners and losers, the wheelers and dealers, all the transfers news in our FourFourTwo transfer wrap.
It was a relatively quiet transfer period for Adelaide United, and despite being heavily linked with former striker Sergio Van Dijk and Socceroos midfielder James Troisi, the Reds only bringing in the one player in the form of Stefan Mauk, with midfielder-cum-defender Osama Malik heading in the opposite direction. James Jeggo will be sorely missed however after the youngster moved to Austrian club Sturm Graz.
Given their trajectory up the table in the last ten games, it would seem manager Guillermo Amor is going for stability above all as Adelaide look to shore up a top-six spot. Van Dijk however will link with the Reds for their AFC Champions League campaign.
Brisbane have been relatively quiet this transfer period, as they continued their assault on the A-League championship. Only Joeys captain Joe Caletti made his way to the Sunshine state as sides began to close in on members of the Australian side that competed in the Under-17 championships in Chile.
Similar to other sides around them, manager John Aloisi and Director of Football Craig Moore have opted for stability with no real need to improve an already impressive squad.
Central Coast Mariners
The Mariners have arguably been the busiest team over the January transfer window, with the Gosford side bringing in six players, whilst also saying goodbye to three first team regulars. Incoming players included NYL product Trent Buhagiar, along with Victorian NPL players in the form of goalkeeper Alastair Bray and former Melbourne Victory striker Francesco Stella. Former Mariners defender Brad McDonald also returned to the club, while Australian U-23 striker Matthew Fletcher also joined.
However arguably the biggest name we saw head to Central Coast Stadium was 37-year-old Luis Garcia. The Spaniard has been proving the cynics wrong in his handful of appearances since he joined the club as marquee until the end of the season, and collected his first goal against Wellington Phoenix with a delightful backheel. However, Matthew Sim and Nick Fitzgerald were released to find new homes in the A-League while Anthony Caceres was controversially purchased by the City Football Group and loaned out to Melbourne City.
A deadline day deal also saw 18-year-old Anthony Kalik head to Croatia to link up with HNK Hajduk Split. The club were also expected to sign former Perth Glory and Western Sydney Wanderers flyer Youssef Hersi however it was revealed that the Dutchman had travelled to Australia on a tourist visa rather than the conventional working visa.