Hyundai A-League contracted list: club-by-club guide

Kosta Barbarouses has signed with Melbourne Victory for the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season.

Monday, 24 July 2017 

Staff writer
With 11 weeks to go until the start of the 2017/18 Hyundai A-League season, the ten squads are filling out. Who is contracted at your club ahead of the new campaign?

Adelaide United

Johan Absalonsen, George Blackwood, Lachlan Brook, Baba Diawara, Tarek Elrich, Ben Garuccio, Ersan Gülüm, Isaias, Paul Izzo, Ryan Kitto, Nathan Konstandopoulos, Daniel Margush, Michael Marrone, Nikola Mileusnic, Jordan O’Doherty, Mark Ochieng, Taylor Regan, Ben Warland.

Brisbane Roar

Michael Theo, Luke DeVere, Daniel Bowles, Corey Brown, Thomas Kristensen, Jacob Pepper, Brett Holman, Jade North, Matt McKay, Jack Hingert, Shannon Brady, Jamie Young, Nick D’Agostino, Joe Caletti, Tomislav Bilic, Dane Ingham, Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Avraam Papadopoulos, Corey Gameiro, Massimo Maccarone.

Central Coast Mariners 

Daniel De Silva in full flight against Sydney FC.Storm Roux, Harry Ascroft, Blake Powell, Connor Pain, Trent Buhagiar, Kwabena Appiah, Adam Berry, Liam Rose, Jake McGing, Adam Pearce, Tom Hiariej, Alan Baro, Antony Golec, Andrew Hoole, Ben Kennedy, Kye Rowles, Josh Rose, Daniel De Silva, Josh Bingham.

Melbourne City

Scott Jamieson has signed for Melbourne City after a season playing in Sweden.Manny Muscat, Osama Malik, Neil Kilkenny, Bruce Kamau, Nick Fitzgerald, Daniel Arzani, Tim Cahill, Dean Bouzanis, Ruon Tongyik, Michael Jakobsen, Bruno Fornaroli, Fernando Brandan, Denis Genreau, Dylan Pierias, Eugene Galekovic, Anthony Caceres, Scott Jamieson, Iacopo La Rocca.

Melbourne Victory

Rhys Williams has signed with Melbourne Victory after departing Perth Glory.Matt Acton, Jason Geria, Leigh Broxham, Marco Rojas, Besart Berisha, Mitch Austin, James Donachie, Lawrence Thomas, Carl Valeri, Stefan Nigro, Jai Ingham, Rhys Williams, Thomas Deng, Kosta Barbarouses.

Newcastle Jets

Nikolai Topor-Stanley has joined UAE club Hatta.Jack Duncan, Glen Moss, Jason Hoffman, Nigel Boogaard, Ivan Vujica, Nick Cowburn, Daniel Alessi, Lachlan Jackson, Daniel Georgievski, Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Steven Ugarkovic, Wayne Brown, Andrew Nabbout, John Koutroumbis, Devante Clut, Mario Shabow, Ben Kantarovski, Dimitri Petratos, Roy O’Donovan, Kosta Petratos.

Perth Glory

Mitch Nichols has signed with Perth Glory.Liam Reddy, Nick Feely, Jacob Poscoliero, Shane Lowry, Alex Grant, Marc Warren, Joseph Mills, Scott Neville, Chris Harold, Rostyn Griffiths, Brandon Wilson, Joel Chianese, Mitch Nichols, Diego Castro, Joseph Knowles, Andy Keogh, Adam Taggart, Jamal Reiners.

Sydney FC

Paulo Retre has signed with Sydney FC.Andrew Redmayne, Alex Wilkinson, Jordy Buijs, Josh Brillante, Michael Zullo, Bobo, Milos Ninkovic, Brandon O’Neill, Alex Brosque, Matt Simon, Seb Ryall, Rhyan Grant, Aaron Calver, Charles Lokolingoy, David Carney, Paulo Retre.

Wellington Phoenix 

Ryan Lowry, Dylan Fox, Gui Finkler, Michael McGlinchey, Adam Parkhouse, Marco Rossi, Alex Rufer, James McGarry, Tom Doyle, Roy Krishna, Andrew Durante, Matthew Ridenton, Logan Rogerson, Louis Fenton, Hamish Watson, Sarpreet Singh, Oli Sail, Lewis Italiano, Scott Galloway, Goran Paracki.

Western Sydney Wanderers

Oriol Riera is already looking forward to playing in the Sydney Derby.

John Hall, Vedran Janjetovic, Jerrad Tyson, Jonathan Aspropotamitis, Keanu Baccus, Aritz Borda, Jack Clisby, Robert Cornthwaite, Brendan Hamill, Josh Risdon, Michael Thwaite, Kearyn Baccus, Roly Bonevacia, Chris Herd, Steven Lustica, Jacob Melling, Marc Tokich, Mark Bridge, Jumpei Kusukami, Oriol Riera, Brendon Santalab, Lachlan Scott, Jaushua Sotirio, Álvaro Cejudo.

*Note – list is based on reports and information available. Best efforts have been made to ensure it is accurate as possible. 



Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Transfer news: Adelaide announce player departures

Segio Cirio is one of five players to depart Adelaide United.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Adelaide United have confirmed that five players have departed the club following the completion of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season.

Dylan McGowan, Sergio Cirio, George Mells, John Hall, and Jesse Makarounas have all left the Club following the conclusion of their contracts.


McGowan, Cirio, Mells, and Hall were all involved with the Club’s historic Hyundai A-League Premiership and Championship double-winning squad of 2015/16.

Dylan McGowan has signed a multi-year deal with Portuguese Primeira Liga side Pacos Ferreira.Contract negotiations with Eugene Galekovic , Marcelo Carrusca, and Iacopo La Rocca are on-going with their futures at the Club still to be agreed upon by all parties.

The futures of Kim Jae-sung, Marc Marino, Mark Ochieng, and Eli Babalj are also yet to be agreed upon, with the Club looking to appoint a Head Coach prior to making a determination.

Kim Jae-Sung competes for the ball with Jiangsu striker Alex Teixeira.

Jordan Elsey will be given every opportunity to prove his fitness after recovering from his second ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL).

As a result, the Club’s General Manager of Football, Ante Kovacevic, will continue to scout Australian talent thoroughly until a Head Coach is appointed. The newly appointed Head Coach will then have final say over the three remaining foreign player spots, as well as all remaining players to complete Adelaide United’s squad for the 2017/18 season.

Adelaide United’s current squad

Isaias, Baba Diawara, Tarek Elrich, Michael Marrone, Taylor Regan, Ben Garuccio, Paul Izzo, Riley McGree, Nikola Mileusnic, Jordan O’Doherty, Ryan Kitto, Daniel Margush, Benjamin Warland, Lachlan Brook.



Source : Football Federation Australia

Tarek Elrich: ‘Drake the soundtrack to Reds’ rise!’

Adelaide United’s Tarek Elrich described watching Brisbane Roar’s 0-0 draw with Melbourne Victory as “emotional” adding a Drake track summed up the Reds’ extraordinary rise from “flops” to table toppers in just six months.

On the weekend, the Reds completed one of the most remarkable turnarounds in Hyundai A-League and Aussie sporting history after winning the Premiers’ Plate thanks to Premiership rivals Roar’s 0-0 draw at Victory.


The result ensured that United, who were watching the Roar game intently from Adelaide, were crowned Premiership winners.

Like Leicester City in England and their rise to become favourites to win the English Premier League, the Reds story that has captured the imagination of fans and media alike in Australia.


After the first eight rounds Adelaide was in last place and winless in the ten-team Hyundai A-League.

Coach Gui Amor, a Barcelona great and associate and friend of Pep Guardiola, was under huge pressure to improve the club’s fortunes.

But he and the team managed a fairytale turnaround few could’ve predicted.

“It so clichéd but [rapper] Drake’s got a song, ‘we started from the bottom and now we’re here’, and it’s so true,” an ecstatic Elrich told reporters in Adelaide.

The Reds fans’ anger also spurred on United’s players who were copping it from supporters in South Australia, as Elrich recalled.

“Someone was selling their two season passes for $50, saying they were sick of watching a bunch of flops,” he said.


“At the end of the day I guarantee those tickets are worth a lot more than $50 now.”

The Reds have Victory gloveman Lawrence Thomas to thank for keeping Roar at bay on Saturday night, the young keeper producing a string of incredible saves.

Elrich admitted he sent a text to Victory veteran Archie Thompson before the match to wish them luck and then post-game to pass on a message of thanks for Thomas’ heroics.

“I told [Thompson] whatever Lawrence wants, it’s on the boys,” Elrich joked.

“He [Thomas] had a great game, not only this game but I think since he’s stepped in, in the Champions League as well.


“He was phenomenal for [Victory] the other day. It’s great for Australian football we have a young up and coming goalkeeper coming through.”

The Reds now enjoy a week off before hosting a Preliminary final at Coopers Stadium against the lowest-ranked winner from the opening weekend of the Finals Series.

A win there and the club would host the grand final on May 1 as they aim to complete the double and claim Adelaide’s first Hyundai A-League championship.

“[Adelaide] was a hard place to be at the start of the season, not winning in eight games, the pressure was on. But as a team we believed.

“We felt we were one win away from getting that confidence back,” the Caltex Socceroos defender explained.

“And now we’re here it shows if you stick to a goal and believe in each other, anything’s possible. For a club like ours at the start of the season to say ‘we’re going to win the league’, a lot of people would have doubted us but we’ve done that.


“Yes we did celebrate and enjoy the moment but the first thing the boys said was now we have the next one to focus on and that’s something we all want the most.”

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Socceroos must be smarter: Tarek Elrich

Elrich fights for the ball with Jordan attacker Hamza Aldaradreh in Amman.

Socceroos defender Tarek Elrich says Australia will have to learn to play smarter in difficult away legs throughout Asia after last week’s disappointing 2-0 defeat against Jordan.

The Socceroos were consigned to their first loss in nine games in Amman, with Ange Postecoglou’s side punished for some costly errors against a spirited Jordanian outfit.

Jordan have now leapfrogged Australia into top spot in Group B of FIFA Russia World Cup 2018™ qualification, leading on 10 points with the Socceroos just behind on nine.


“For me, against Jordan away, I don’t think as a team we played to our capacity. We made mistakes at critical times in the game,” said Elrich who was back in training with Adelaide United on Monday.

“Conceding early in the second half away from home against any team is hard.

“They start to waste time, they take the sting out of the game, we just made the job difficult for ourselves.”

Having surrendered top spot in their group, Elrich was confident Australia would see a different side in the capital next month as the Socceroos bid to qualify for a fourth consecutive FIFA World Cup appearance.

“Ange spoke to us as a team, obviously he wasn’t happy with the result, I don’t think any coach would be. In saying that we know what we need to improve on for the national team.

“I don’t think there’s major problems with the goals we conceded, it’s just a lapse of concentration and they caught us on the counter and we know that.

“We still controlled the game and created chances and when you’re away from home you’ve got to take them.”

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Hyundai A-League team of the last 10 seasons – Tarek Elrich

Tarek Elrich (right back): Another of the Jets championship alumnae who went on to great things at other clubs. Has reinvented himself in Adelaide and is now a regular Socceroo.

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Adelaide United’s Tarek Elrich has agreed to extend his contract until the end of the Hyundai A-League 2017/2018 season.

Adelaide United's Tarek Elrich has agreed to extend his contract until the end of the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season

Adelaide United have announced star-defender Tarek Elrich has agreed to extend his contract until the end of the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season.

The one year extension to his current contract will see Elrich remain as a Red for a further three seasons, after initially extending his contract in November 2014, which would have seen his deal finish at the end of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season.

Elrich stated a major factor in his decision to remain at the Club was the security United has been able to provide him as he pursues more appearances in the Socceroos, but also the happiness he has found through his football in South Australia.

“It feels really good to extend my contract for another year,” Elrich said.

“We’ve been talking about extending my contract for a while now and we wanted to sort it out before Michael (Petrillo) left and he’s been a big help in the process.

“I’ve really been enjoying my time here in Adelaide and I’ve now been part of the Socceroos squad as well and to have the security of my club football with United leading into a World Cup is massive.

“Now I’ll continue to focus on my football and playing my absolute best week-in, week-out, giving myself the best chance of being in contention of that Socceroos squad and helping the team domestically.

Elrich joined the Club in July 2013 ahead of the Hyundai A-League 2013/14 season and has progressed immensely ever since, earning his first Socceroos cap in March 2015. He was also awarded with the Hyundai A-League 2014/15 season’s goal of the year with an incredible individual goal against Melbourne City at Coopers Stadium.

Elaborating on why he decided to extend, Elrich said there were numerous reasons, but the most important thing is his progress as a footballer and helping the Club achieve success in the coming seasons.

“There are a few reasons why I’ve decided to extend and, like I said, I’m loving living in Adelaide and it’s a great city to be based while playing football,” he explained.

“Also, now that I’m fighting for a place in the national team, I want to stay there. Ange (Postecoglou) has a lot of confidence in selecting players that are playing well in the A-League and I want to continue with that.

“I’m fortunate because I have a great bunch of boys around me, and my partner is now living here too and she’s loving life in Adelaide.

“Football is a part of life that you can never predict, but to have my club football secured at a great club that plays great football for the next three seasons is massive and I want to be successful here.

“I’m looking forward to going away with the Socceroos and hopefully getting a spot in the starting XI against Jordan (in Amman).

“Then, when I come back, I’ll be aiming to play the football I know I can play and I’ll continue to push myself and get better and better because I’m an incredibly harsh critic of my performances and know I can improve.”

The Club’s Chief Executive Officer, Michael Petrillo, praised United’s ability to keep Elrich until 2017/18, but also Elrich himself for his outstanding achievements in a Reds shirt and his continual consistency on the pitch.

“We are delighted that Tarek has agreed to extend his contract,” Petrillo said.

“It shows the confidence that a player of Tarek’s caliber has in the football programme that we now have in place at the club.

“Tarek has been a great example of a player who has come back from a low point in their career a couple of years back to re-establish himself as the premier full-back in the competition through hard work, perseverance, and determination.

“He’s a person with the type of character that everyone in the club looks up to and that exemplifies the attitude of this playing group.”


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Tarek Elrich talks Socceroos World Cup qualifiers Adelaide United

Tarek Elrich is now considered the Hyundai A-League's best full-back following two outstanding seasons with the Reds.

Fresh from the Socceroos’ recent FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, Adelaide United fullback Tarek Elrich says he is brimming with confidence and will look to utilise his international experience with Guillermo Amor’s side in 2015/16.

Elrich was part of the Socceroos’ 23-man squad that downed Bangladesh 5-0 in Perth and accounted for Tajikistan 3-0 in Dushanbe.


“The Socceroos camp was really good and it’s always fantastic to be involved with the team for longer than a week,” Elrich said.

“When you go away with the national team, you find another level of professionalism and it’s a completely different experience and great to be in that sort of environment.

“Even though I am 28, I still consider myself young and I still feel young, but it’s good to finally be involved with the national team again and get hold of more caps.

“Playing for the Socceroos gives me plenty of confidence at club level as well as international level and just to be recognised as part of the 23-man national squad is a great honour.

“I try to bring that to my football here, at United, and use the little things I pick up in the training camps.”


Elrich admitted he is enjoying his football at both domestic and international level, and credits the tutelage of Ange Postecoglou for re-invigorating his confidence.

“Comparing my club football and the international football I’ve been playing with the Socceroos, they’re two different styles of play,” Elrich explained.

“Ange likes the wingers to play more inside allowing the full-backs to go up very high, which is very enjoyable for me.

“I like to get down the line and get involved in attack because I did start my career as a right winger, so it’s always good to be further up the pitch.

“Here, with Guillermo, it’s the same kind of thing. Obviously we have a few different rules in terms of the style that we play at the club.


“But in saying that it gives me plenty of confidence because I can play in the national team and come back to my club and be fitter and more ready for the start of the season.

“What’s important is that both Guillermo and Ange want us to play.

“Now we’re preparing for another World Cup and our style of play is awesome because every player believes in what Ange is trying to achieve with us.”

Now back in Adelaide, Elrich’s focus has turned to Tuesday’s Westfield FFA Cup Quarter-Final with Melbourne Victory.

Elrich acknowledged the huge task which awaits the Reds and says his side need to be clinical in front of goal in order to defeat the reigning Hyundai A-League Champions.


“We’ll go out there and worry about ourselves and the style of play we know we can play and we’ll go out there and hopefully get a result and hopefully this time we can do it in 90 minutes and not have to worry about extra time like against Sydney FC,” Elrich said.

“The coaching staff have done a bit of video work on their strengths and weaknesses and have analysed their movements so we know what we want to target.

“Now it’s about making sure that when we get our chances, we take them.

“There’s no question the game against them (Melbourne Victory) is massive.


“It’s the quarter-finals of a cup competition, which is great in itself and when you’re a player it’s all about winning trophies at the end of it, so we’ll give it our all.

“Victory are definitely no easy-beats and they won the league last season, which wasn’t by fluke because of how much quality they have.

“But in saying that, we don’t fear them. We fear no one. We respect every team that we come up against, but we definitely don’t fear them.”

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Tarek Elrich celebrates after scoring a stunner against Melbourne City FC

Tarek Elrich celebrates after scoring a stunner against Melbourne City FC.

Tarek Elrich’s incredible solo run and goal for Adelaide United against Melbourne City at Coopers in late April this year made headlines around the world.

Some even suggested it might be a contender for FIFA’s Puskas Award, which recognises the year’s best goal from around the world.

Fox Sports Latin America asked if Elrich’s goal against City was as good as Diego Maradona’s famous solo run in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final win over England.

In the UK the Metro ran a similar line on his goal, suggesting it could be a Puskas nominee for goal of the year. (

And Argentina’s Spanish language newspaper La Voz del Interior also trumpeted it as a goal of the year contender.

Fox Sports analyst and ex-EPL goalkeeper Mark Bosnich argued the goal deserves worldwide recognition.

“For me, Tarek Elrich goal [is the] goal of the season,” Bosnich said on Fox Sports’ Matchday Saturday.

“If that was someone in any of the big European leagues, we’d be hailing it for two or three weeks.”

The goal, of course, sent Twitter into a frenzy.

So here it is to enjoy one more time.

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Who’ll start for the Socceroos in Tajikistan?

The Socceroos starting XI against Bangladesh in Perth.

Adam Federici;Tarek Elrich,Alex Wilkinson,Bailey Wright,Jason Davidson;Mark Milligan,Massimo Luongo, Matthew McKay;Matthew Leckie,Nathan Burn,Tim Cahill

Socceroo stars train in Perth: report

Tim Cahill controls the ball during a Socceroos training session.

Tim Cahill, Tom Rogic and Nathan Burns were three of the stars who took part in the Socceroos’ first training session in Perth on Monday.

The Asian Champions are preparing for Thursday’s FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia™Qualifier against Bangladesh.

Monday’s session was held on the pristine surface at nib Stadium, the venue for the clash against the 170th-ranked AFC nation.

With a number of the squad still in transit or having just arrived from overseas, only 10 players took part in the predominantly light session.

The Socceroos who trained were Tim Cahill, Mark Milligan, Matt McKay, Matthew Spiranovic, Nathan Burns, Tarek Elrich, Ben Halloran, Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic and Luke Brattan.

After a warm-up, both Rogic and Brattan moved away from the main group to work on the side of the pitch with trainer Craig Duncan.

The pair did a light session for about 20 minutes, consisting mainly of jogging with and without the ball, juggling and a few other simple drills.

The rest of the squad immediately went into an intense session taken by assistant coach Ante Milicic.

The first drill saw them split into groups of four, playing a game of possession with 3 v 1.

“Don’t stop the ball. Keep it moving. Quicker,” was the instruction.

With coach Ange Postecoglou overseeing it all, the players then moved into a more structured drill, with the emphasis on crisp passing as they moved and passed around poles.

Good touches, ball speed and correct body-shape was the focus as the intensity lifted as the session took shape.

After just half an hour the session was over as the players assembled for a stretch down and drink before it was up the tunnel to the changerooms.

While it was a quick session to get the cobwebs out for the squad, things will pick up on Tuesday as the rest of the players join the squad.

Tuesday’s session is sure to be special as hundreds of supporters will be let into nib Stadium for a fan day, able to watch the session and afterwards meet their heroes.

Socceroo Match Details

Australia v Bangladesh ​​​​​Tajikistan v Australia

3 September 2015     ​​​​​8 September 2015 

nib Stadium, Perth ​​​​​Republican Central Stadium, Dushanbe

7pm (AWT) kick off (9pm AEST)​​​​6pm kick off (10pm AEST)

TICKET INFORMATION (Australia v Bangladesh)

Tickets can be purchased for the match at

Ticket Prices – General Public 

Category A – $120 all tickets

Category B – $80 Adult, $60 Concession, $40 Child, $199 Family

Category C – $55 Adult, $40 Concession, $30 Child, $140 Family

The Shed – $55 Adult, $40 Concession

Active Area- $65 Adult, $50 Concession

Ticket Prices are inclusive of GST & Booking Fee. Transaction and credit card charges apply.

Concession (Pensioner, Student)

Pensioner Concession Card holders and Seniors Card holders (valid ID required)

Student – Full time tertiary and secondary school students (valid ID required)

Child – 4–16 years inclusive (children 3 years and under are free unless they are occupying a seat)

Family Definition – 2 Adults and 2 Children or 1 Adult and 3 Children

National Companion Card Accepted

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