Speculatorrrs! Mount up. Men’s first team squad as of 3rd October:
1 Australia GK Andrew Redmayne
2 Australia DF Aaron Calver
3 Australia DF Ben Warland
4 Australia DF Alex Wilkinson (Vice-Captain)
5 Netherlands DF Jop van der Linden
6 Australia MF Joshua Brillante
7 Australia DF Michael Zullo
8 Australia MF Paulo Retre
9 England FW Adam le Fondre
10 Serbia MF Miloš Ninković
11 Australia MF Daniel De Silva (On loan from Central Coast Mariners)
12 Australia FW Trent Buhagiar
13 Australia MF Brandon O’Neill
14 Australia MF Alex Brosque (Captain)
19 Australia FW Chris Zuvela (Youth)
20 Australia GK Alex Cisak
21 Australia FW Charles Lokolingoy (Youth)
22 Netherlands MF Siem de Jong (On loan from AFC Ajax)
23 Australia DF Rhyan Grant
24 Australia MF Cameron Devlin (Youth)
25 Australia MF Joel King (Youth)
TBC Australia MF Jerry Skotadis (Youth)
TBC Australia MF Ryan Teague (Youth)
TBC Australia FW Marco Tilio (Youth)
30 Australia GK Tom Heward-Belle (Youth)
The big problem is Buhagiar isn’t on much. I can’t imagine his wage plus left over cap would result in a visa player coming in. WSW has stockpiled all of the young, quick Australian wingers (Kamau, Fitzgerald etc) and not all have got much pre-season game time. Maybe one will push for a release but I’m expecting no better than an NPL player.
I agree with Eddie, although I know that the club were looking at bringing in a player in the Jan transfer window so they would have put aside enough in the cap to bring in someone fairly decent. That’s obviously one of the reasons why they have saved a visa spot (limited talent pool to pick up a player in Jan). Not sure they would have been after a forward though. Given that we may be a few players short during the Asian Cup in Jan, and also have an ACL campaign to contend with, the idea would be that the player would add to the squad to play in A League games while others are contributing to ACL games.
I’d say that they would just bring that search a forward to find a visa player who they can start sooner. The obvious benefit to picking up a player Jan instead of now is bang for buck - they get paid more per game while we spend the same amount of money - but if you combine what Buhagiar was on with the money that they had set aside for a Jan-May contract player it probably works out to be similar. I wouldn’t be expecting anyone too flashy though.
Pretty sure Bruce Djite is still without a club since his spells in Korea and Indonesia. While he no longer is the feared striker he once was, should we keep him away from injury he would be a big upgrade on Charles. It is a big shame to see Trent injured, while I was excited to see Siem and ALF, his flair along with his pre-season form made me feel as if he was the next (and maybe better than) Ibini.
Carneys probably not needed because hes a slow over 30 left footed attacker and we have a few of those. Need someone with a bit of pace to replace Trent. We do have a visa spot to use and I hear the Mariners are trialling some guy whos pretty fast.
Djite also could maybe be cover for Alf but hes not too useful for our squad.
I remember always hating coming up against Adelaide because I feel like he had a really good scoring record against us. A really talented striker on his day. I’m not sure he is quick enough for us though.
No one in the NPL who would take the job springs to mind either. What’s Mitch Mallia up to these days? He was okay at Perth and good at NPL level.
The point I was making is that Buhagiar had become a crucial part of the team, worth far more than what we’re paying him, so the amount we have to replace him will not be enough to find a like for like replacement. Couple that with the sliding A$ and the best we can hope for at this stage is an NPL player.