The week that was: Samaras, Burns and Zamora

Catch up with all the news of the past week from your club.

ADELAIDE UNITED
The Reds appointed Greg King as their high performance manager, days after the league and cup fixtures were released.

Josep Gombau's men face Melbourne Victory in round one, while they have a trip to Darwin Olympic to start their FFA Cup defence.

The club from the Northern Territory is excited.

And the Reds have added to their squad with the signing of George Mells, a former Chelsea and Southampton youth product.

BRISBANE ROAR
Paid, not paid, maybe paid, players paid, staff not paid. Uncertainty.

The biggest news for the Roar came on Sunday night, when they announced the signing of Jamie Maclaren.

There was bad news on the sponsorship front, before a bit of good news on the sponsorship front.

That was after the league draw revealed Roar would face the Wanderers in round one, and the same fixture will take place in the FFA Cup last 32.

CENTRAL COAST MARINERS
Even before the FFA Cup draw, coach Tony Walmsley was questioning the scheduling.

In the end, the Mariners drew the Wellington Phoenix – that game to be played at Central Coast Stadium, a venue the club wants to stay at.

Anthony Caceres' close friend Kwabena Appiah, now at the Phoenix, is excited by that clash.

Looking for players, Walmsley has his eye on a striker and a central defender.

Meanwhile, Eddy Bosnar is unsure whether he will be featuring there beyond the end of next season.

MELBOURNE CITY
What about the potential signing of Georgios Samaras?

That would make a strong off-season even stronger for City, who held onto exciting attacker Harry Novillo.

There was some bad news, with FFA investigating Harry Kewell's deal with Melbourne Heart in 2013/14.

John van 't Schip's men will face Edgeworth FC in the cup, and the Eagles are ready.

MELBOURNE VICTORY
It was a quiet week for the champions.

They will open their title A-League title defence against Adelaide United.

Meanwhile, it came as no shock but the Victory's fans and the AAMI Park pitch received plenty of praise.

NEWCASTLE JETS
Former assistant coach Mark Jones has returned to the club as their head of performance.

That news on Monday was followed by revelations the Jets aren't keen on Bobby Zamora, the former England international offered to the club.

PERTH GLORY
As was expected, the Glory and Maclaren came to an agreement to terminate the striker's contract.

The club did add former Sydney FC midfielder Hagi Gligor to its squad.

SYDNEY FC
A quiet week for the Sky Blues, who drew Sorrento in the FFA Cup round of 32.

Sorrento coach Jamie Harnwell was left frustrated the clash would be moved from his club's usual home ground.

WELLINGTON PHOENIX
Socceroo Nathan Burns is Japan-bound after the club confirmed it had accepted an offer from FC Tokyo.

The Phoenix drew with Fiji on the last day of their tour, while Kwabena Appiah is excited by the FFA Cup clash against the Mariners.

WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS
The week in Parramatta was highlighted by two much-needed signings.

Andreu Guerao Mayoral signed a two-year deal and Mitch Nichols has also joined the Wanderers.

Meanwhile, it was revealed the Wanderers will open the A-League season against the Brisbane Roar – and at their Pirtek Stadium home.

The same opponents await in the FFA Cup as the Wanderers look to erase the memory of last year's calamity.