Squad Speculation Thread 2018/19


Some pretty harsh markers with the benefit of hindsight. We are comparing to last year where we had an amazing run of injury-free games for our key players other than Rhyan. Also, the reason we can even afford marquees is that they all have a big risk - age, form, attitude or all of them. DeJong was playing himself back into full fitness and was hacked from behind while scoring, by one of the league’s hatchet men - couldve been any other striker in that situation. If he wasn’t chopped he might have played as many games as Honda - so was that a dud recruitment?

Jop has been average, but not a calamity - and Won’t be on as much $ as Jordi, so somewhat expected.

DDS everyone expected better from. Austin is a squaddie and a better option than Charles, so plus marks for that…

… and we’ve re-signed our best local players on long term deals, so that’s a big plus too


Yeah I think thats a big testament to the faith of the playing group that Grant and O’Neill were happy to commit.


So what are the rules on cap discounts/exemptions for youth and/or loyalty?
I assume we’d be on those for Grant, Calver. Anyone else? Will Brosque and Milos be on loyalty deals next season?


Milos is a marquee. I dont think Brosque qualifies but Grant would


God I am a dickhead.


Is Milos a marquee going forward or will he be moved in-cap?



Homegrown Players – A Club can spend up to a collective $200,000 on 4 Australian Players aged 23 or younger that have come through the Club’s youth system. Any payments to such Players above the $200,000 allowance are included in the Club’s Salary Cap

So that would be Grant, Calver, Ivanovic and Devlin. Take the bottom $200k off.

Loyalty Players – A Club can spend up to a collective $200,000 across any number of Players that have given 5 or more consecutive seasons of service to the Club.

So that would mean Brosque next season, and O’Neill and Milos the year after if, for example, Milos goes back in the cap. No-one else makes the 5 year cut yet.

Mature Age Rookie – A Club can register an Australian Player that is aged 21 or older who last played in an Australian competition (eg. National Premier Leagues) and has not played in a fully professional league for at least 18 months

I don’t think anyone counts here. Tratt wasn’t away from the HAL that long was he?

Scholarship Players – Each Club can contract up to 6 under 20 Australian Players on the national minimum wage. Any payments above the national minimum wage to these Players are included in the Club’s Salary Cap

Not sure how this one interacts with the “Homegrown Players” group. But the other group can include those over 20, so maybe Ivanovic and Devlin come in here. We have a few guys who were 20 at the start of the season, so do they fit in here? (e.g. Buhagiar)




Good point. In my mind, he remains a youthful early 20s lad, and so I had him as “Homegrown”, but he’s definitely in the Loyalty group now.


Reza was very high up the list, and I believe we narrowly missed out on Torres (his agent had made enquiries to schools in Sydney).


hehe, yeah, he’s 27, so definitely not eligible for the Homegrown Players concession.

Great breakdown though.


What will change when Milos Ninkovic leaves Sydney FC? Full article here


I’ll tell you what will happen…you’ll see grown men weeping like babes in the street…


Way to rub it in after the last two weeks of results… Thanks The Roar…


Dont fucking do that please. I read that as there was some rumour of him going at seasons end and I was feeling absolutely deflated


Man, reading articles from The Roar is like proof reading a year 10 student’s essay.

In any case, Ninko has spoken frequently about loving Sydney (the city) and the club and his desire to finish his career here. He’s happy, and his family are happy. Hopefully that means he’s not going anywhere.


Wilkinson’s replacement getting lined up already


Was actually just going to post something along the lines of “With Jop unlikely to stay and Wilkinson slowing down how do we play the CB situation- whilst a Calver-Warland partnership would be interesting it would lack a defensive leader”

But Id more than happily take Bart


What’s the go with Tratt? A couple of great games then injured BUT not listed as unavailable (injured) on the match squad list. Bart would be great, but I would love to see Tratt playing for us too.


Probably the fourth choice CB right now and second choice RB (or maybe third) might not get much games until ACL kicks off