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A look at the A-League transfer action

A club-by-club look at the A-League's January transfer window, headlined by Jamie Maclaren's move home to Melbourne City.

A look at the A-League transfer action

A club-by-club look at the A-League's January transfer window, headlined by Jamie Maclaren's move home to Melbourne City.

A-LEAGUE TRANSFER WINDOW: HOW YOUR CLUB FARED

ADELAIDE UNITED


In: Jordy Thomassen (De Graafschap, Netherlands)

Out: Taylor Regan (Selangor, Malaysia)

Verdict: United hold high hopes for their new 25-year-old Dutch striker but keeping hold of high-flying Aussies Ben Halloran and Craig Goodwin could be even more important for their run-in.

BRISBANE ROAR

In: Nil.

Out: Avraam Papadopoulos (Olympiacos, Greece)

Verdict: A lack of signings gives confirmation, not that it was needed, that the Roar's season has shut down. The prospect remains that they will bring in a couple of young free agents but the club's eyes are firmly on 2019-20.

CENTRAL COAST MARINERS

In: Jem Karacan (free agent), Sam Graham (Sheffield United), Stephen Mallon (Sheffield United)

Out: Antony Golec (Wellington), Ross McCormack (Aston Villa, England), Kalifa Cisse (Retired)

Verdict: Slumped on the bottom, at least Karacan's arrival will give long-suffering fans a point of interest. Hopefully the former Turkish youth international can hit it off with midfield partner Tom Hiariej.

MELBOURNE CITY

In: Jamie Maclaren (Darmstadt, Germany/Hibernian, Scotland)

Out: Anthony Caceres (Sydney FC), Michael O'Halloran (released), Osama Malik (Al Batin, Saudi Arabia)

Verdict: Maclaren arrives at the 11th hour but the failure to shift Fornaroli will make for an expensive exercise unless the club changes its stance on the sidelined Uruguayan.

MELBOURNE VICTORY

In: James Donachie (Jeonnam Dragons, South Korea), Elvis Kamsoba (Avondale FC), Anthony Lesiotis (Melbourne City)

Out: Nick Ansell (Jeonnam Dragons, South Korea), Nicholas Sette (released)

Verdict: Victory see themselves as the winners of their defender swap given Donachie's recent heroics for the club and Ansell's fitness battle. Kamsoba has already shown himself a handy bench option.

NEWCASTLE JETS

In: Nil

Out: Mitch Austin (Sydney FC)

Verdict: No room for movement at Ernie Merrick's Jets, who has been saying all season the club doesn't need new faces; just fit ones. He has those now but whether it's enough to fire them back into the finals is unclear.

PERTH GLORY

In: Nil

Out: Nil

Verdict: Dipped their toe into the Fornaroli waters but were rebuffed by City, with the suggestion they've done a deal for next season. The return of Chris Ikonomidis from Socceroos duty will boost their run home.

SYDNEY FC

In: Reza Ghoochannejhad (APOEL, Cyprus), Anthony Caceres (Melbourne City), Mitch Austin (Newcastle Jets), Jacob Tratt (free agent)

Out: Charles Lokolingoy (released)

Verdict: An already talented squad gets even better. The Iranian's arrival has the potential to make the Sky Blues championship contenders once more, and at the least boosts their Asian Champions League prospects.

WELLINGTON PHOENIX

In: Cillian Sheridan (Jagiellonia Bialystok, Poland), Justin Gulley (Team Wellington, New Zealand), Antony Golec (Central Coast)

Out: Mitch Nichols (released), Reuben Way (released)

Verdict: The Nix are bulking up for a finals campaign and in a few appearances Sheridan has shown he'll be a handful. Gulley and Golec look to be squad deepeners rather than first teamers.

WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS

In: Kwame Yeboah (Fortuna Koln, Germany), Mitchell Duke (Shimizu S-Pulse, Japan)

Out: Ruon Tongyik (Released)

Verdict: Yeboah has hit the ground running and Duke's arrival should see the Wanderers improve in the back end of the season. Markus Babbel will continue to give the next generation chances.

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