Welcome back to the Aussies Abroad monthly review. Certainly a respectable showing by our Socceroos in Brazil, with a glimpse of the future. Mathew Leckie, Jason Davidson and Ben Halloran among those we hope to see much more of in the coming years.
We have a busy few months internationally as we build towards the Asian Cup in January. Plenty of transfer activity over the past two months as players search for new clubs as the European leagues start their new seasons. Most of the Asian leagues are in progress, so a lot of our players have been in action.
Some fantastic pre-season stories with players like Chris Herd, Adam Federici and Robbie Kruse all playing in friendlies. Also encouraging in the next generation of Chris Ikonomidis, Ryan Edwards, Cameron Burgress and Hyuga Tanner all making their senior debuts at their current clubs.
The European transfer window remains open so plenty of movement for our Aussies Abroad. The Aussie interest in Italy has grown with several of our upcoming players bound to feature in both senior and Primavera teams throughout the year. With Juventus owned James Troisi yet to confirm his next club as well.
Several younger names still looking for a club include Matthew Fletcher, Robbie Paratore, Connor Thurston and Kerem Bulut, some of those players are rumoured to be heading to the A League. And more recent develop, now three Aussies are at PTT Rayong in Thailand. As well as Luke Wilkshire moving back to the Eredivise with Feyenoord after a six-year stint with Russia club Dinamo Moscow.
Additions/changes to player database:
Saka Adesodun (12 Apr 1990) – transferred from Hjorring IF to Hasle-Loren IL, Norway
Panos Armenkas (5 Aug 1998) – transferred from Watford to Udinese Calcio, Italy
Michael Beauchamp (8 Mar 1981) – transferred to PTT Rayong, Thailand
Josh Brillante (25 Mar 1993) – transferred to Fiorentina, Italy
Julius Doe Davies (30 Sep 1994) – transferred to Otelul Galati, Romania
Shane Lowry (12 Jun 1989) – transferred from Millwall to Leyton Orient, England
Andrew Marveggio (22 Apr 1992) – transferred from SC Telstar to Fortuna Sittard
Brent McGrath (18 Jun 1991) – transferred to Sisaket, Thailand
Dane Milovanovic (2 Dec 1989) – transferred to New Radiant SC, Maldives
Josh Mitchell (8 Jun 1984) – transferred to Liaoning Whowin, China
Tomislav Mrcela (1 Oct 1990) – transferred from NK Hrvatski Dragovoljac to NK Lokomotiva Zagreb, Croatia
Justin Pasfield (30 May 1985) transferred to Tampines Rovers, Singapore
Nikita Rukavytsya (22 Jun 1987) – loan return to FSV Mainz, Germany
Robert Stambolziev (26 Oct 1990) – transferred from AEK Kouklion to Niki Volos, Greece
Adam Taggart (2 Jun 1993) – transferred to Fulham, England
Matthew Thompson (18 Aug 1982) – transferred to PTT Rayong, Thailand
James Troisi (3 Jul 1988) – loan return to Juventus, Italy
Jerrad Tyson (21 Sep 1989) – transferred to Sun Pegasus, Hong Kong
Frane Vladislavic (9 Jan 1994) – transferred from Hajduk Split to NK Istra 1961, Croatia
James Wesolowski (25 Aug 1987) – transferred from Oldham Athletic to shrewsbury Town, England
Adrian Zahra (24 Sep 1990) – transferred to Valletta FC, Malta
Luke Wilkshire (2 Oct 1981) – transferred from Dinamo Moscow to Feyenoord
Removed from player database:
Luis Abadia (Kaya FC) - uncontracted, whereabouts unknown
Alex Brosque (Al Ain) – transferred to Sydney FC
Simon Colosimo (Dempo) – transferred to Goulburn Valley
Sam Gallagher (Hanoi T&T) – transferred to Newcastle Jets
Richard Garcia (Minnesota United) – transferred to Perth Glory
Brendan Hamill (Seongham Illwa) – transferred to Western Sydney Wanderers
Marko Jesic (Sun Pegasus) – transferred to Rockdale City
Dylan McGowan (Hearts) – transferred to Adelaide United
Nikolas Tsattalios (Kampaniakos Chalastras FC) – transferred to Sydney Olympic
China (Super League) – The season has resumed and several Aussies doing well. Jonas Salley (Guizhou Renhe) and Adam Hughes (Harbin Yiteng) continue to play 90 minutes each week for their respective teams. Daniel McBreen has just broken his own record for being the oldest scorer in the CSL at 37.
Korea (K-League Classic) – With the rise and rise of Alex Wilkinson, playing at the World Cup and then the K-League All Stars, I would expect this league to get some more attention from Aussie followers in the future. Not to forget, Sasa Ognenovski won the Asian player of the year while in Korea. We also have Luke DeVere (Gyeongham) and Alex Jovanovic (Jeju United) playing each week. Both aged in their mid-twenties now, we may see them feature in upcoming Socceroo squads.
Thailand (Premier League) – A surge in the Aussies in Thailand with veterans Michael Beauchamp and Matthew Thompson joining Trent McClenahan at PTT Rayong. The club are sitting in the relegation zone so the hope would be for the Aussies to help the club pull some points together quickly. Young striker Brent McGrath has also made the move to Thailand from the VPL. He now has three goals in three appearances for Sisaket.
Cambodia (C League) – A brief stay in this league saw Adriano Pellegrino make 10 appearances and score 3 goals as Phnom Penh Crown won the league title.
Singapore (S League) – Goalkeeper Justin Pasfield has made the move to Asia, now having made 10 league and cup appearances in 7 weeks at Tampines Rovers.
Iceland (2. Deild) – An amazing story. Kile Kennedy is a goalkeeper who made the brave move to KF Fjardabyggd last season, who at the time were fourth division in Iceland. His efforts contributed to his team gaining promotion. Now this campaign his team sit top of the table as they again chase automatic promotion. Having conceded 12 goals in 13 games, Kile is continuing his strong form. A long journey from country Victoria.
USA (MLS) – Tim Cahill continues to tackle all before him. He scored one of the goals of the tournament at his third World Cup. He has received several individual accolades at New York, prompting rumours of a return to England. An interesting dinner party discussion of who is the greatest Socceroo of the past 20 years?
Great to see the likes of Robbie Kruse, Trent Sainsbury and Mustafa Amini making their returns from injury ahead of the new season. Still injury concerns with Josh Kennedy, Tom Rogic, Rhys Williams and Curtis Good as those guys try to get back on the park and see healthy game time ahead of the Asian Cup. Terrible news with Michael Zullo injuring his knee in training at Utrecht, a long stint on the sidelines for him, I am afraid.
(UEFA Champions League) – Adrian Zahra sat on the pine as Valletta were knocked out in qualifying. Neither Tom Rogic or Jackson Irvine appeared for Celtic as they progressed to the 3rd round of qualifying.
(UEFA Europa League) – Several Aussies appeared in qualifying ties, but Mark Griffin (Dundalk), Oliver Bozanic (Luzern) and Aziz Behich (Bursapor) have all been eliminated.
(Copa Libertadores) – No Aussies Abroad remain.
(Asian Champions League) – No Aussies Abroad remain.
(AFC Cup) – No Aussies Abroad remain.
Reserves and Youth:-
No report during European off-season.
The rejuventation of the Socceroos in a work in progress. Some tough decisions were made in the lead up to the World Cup. We then had the excitement of new faces appearing in Brazil. With several friendlies arranged before next year’s World Cup, we have a good 20-30 players that will be fighting for a place in the Socceroos squad with those that were in Brazil. A great period of education as we learn more and see more of players that were often perceived to be under the radar.
Socceroo (capped) of the month – on hold
Nov – Ryan, Dec – Jedinak, Jan – Jedinak, Feb – Ryan, Mar – Kennedy, Apr – Jedinak
Under the radar (uncapped) - on hold.
Nov – Luongo, Dec – Mrcela, Jan – Giannou, Feb – Wright, Mar – Lowry, Apr – Halloran
Young player (U21) of the month – on hold.
Nov – Ryan Williams, Dec – Cooper, Jan – B.Smith, Feb – Grant, Mar – Tanner, Apr – Ugarkovic