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The A-League stars that could leave your club

02:54 GMT+3 28/11/2018
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With contracts expiring, a few big names could be leaving the competition

With over 150 A-League players coming off contract at the end of the season, a number of A-League stars could leave their clubs in search of greener pastures.

From a City striker on the outer to a Socceroos defender with an eye on Europe, a few high-profile departures appear inevitable sooner rather than later.

Clubs could look to cash in on their players in January or simply let them fly free at the end of the season. 

Here are the key players every A-League club could lose...

  • Baba Diawara Central Coast Mariners v Adelaide United A-League 25032017

    Adelaide United

    Baba Diawara: He's been injured more than he's been fit and the Reds marquee striker will need to impress big time on his return if he is to demand a contract extension. 

    Ken Ilso: The Dane scored a double over the weekend and has quickly adapted to the A-League. Would be worth holding on to for another season at this stage. 

    Nikola Mileusnic: The pacey winger is getting back to full fitness after injury and has shown plenty of promise at times for the Reds. 

    Every off-contract Adelaide United player: Lachlan Brook, Papa Baba Diawara, Scott Galloway, Kristin Konstandopoulos, Ken Ilso, Vince Lia, Michael Marrone, Nikola Mileusnic, Taylor Regan

  • Eric Bautheac Brisbane Roar

    Brisbane Roar

    Eric Bautheac: The Frenchman is looking a lot sharper this season but has arguably never quite adjusted to the added physicality of the A-League.

    Brett Holman: Yet to feature this season through injury, the 34 year old could be ready to call time on his career.

    Avram Papadopoulos: Picked up a lengthy suspension last season but is up there as one of the best defenders in the A-League on his day. 

    Every off-contract Brisbane Roar player: Bryce Bafford, Jay Barnett, Eric Bautheac, Daniel Bowles, Shannon Brady, Joe Caletti, Henrique, Luke De Vere, Brett Holman, Thomas Kristensen, Alex Lopez, Matthew McKay, Tobias Mikkelsen, Stefan Nigro, Avram Papadopoulos, Jacob Pepper, Dylan Wenzel Halls, Brendan White

  • Tom Hiariej

    Central Coast Mariners

    Kalifa Cisse: The defender has settled quickly in the A-League and been a consistent performer for the Mariners despite picking up a red card against Perth Glory.

    Tom Hiariej: The Dutchman is all class and though not always fitting in at the Mariners, is a player that could land on his feet anywhere in the A-League.

    Peter Kekeris: A young kid with plenty of talent and Central Coast would be mad to let him slip through their fingers. 

    Every off-contract Central Coast Mariners player: Adam Berry, Kalifa Cisse, Jack Clisby, Corey Gameiro, Joe Gauci, Antony Golec, Tom Hiariej, Andrew Hoole, Peter Kekeris, Ben Kennedy, Joshua MacDonald, Matthew Millar, Jordan Murray, Connor Pain, Adam Pearce, Kye Rowles, Mario Shabow

  • Melbourne City Bruno Fornaroli

    Melbourne City

    Bruno Fornaroli: Was dropped last weekend and was reportedly keen to move to Sydney FC over the off-season. Hard to see the Uruguayan staying put. 

    Bart Schenkeveld: A versatile defender still in his prime that a number of clubs could benefit from. 

    Ramy Najjarine: Tipped to be the club's next Daniel Arzani so definitely worth holding on to for a little longer. 

    Every off-contract Melbourne City player: Joshua Cavallo, James Delianov, Bruno Fornaroli, Eugene Galekovic, Curtis Good, Iacopo La Rocca, Osama Malik, Ramy Najjarine, Dylan Pierias, Bart Schenkeveld, Dario Vidosic

  • Keisuke Honda Melbourne Victory

    Melbourne Victory

    Keisuke Honda: The Japanese star has shone so far and will likely be open to at least another season Down Under.

    James Troisi: Still only 30, the midfielder could be keen to have one final crack at Europe if his fine form continues this campaign. 

    Georg Niedermeier: The German defender is starting to show his talent for Victory and could be a handy asset to lock down in their back line.

    Every off-contract Melbourne Victory player: Rahmat Akbari, Kosta Barbarouses, Leigh Broxham, Keisuke Honda, Joshua Hope, Jai Ingham, Georg Niedermeier, Nicholas Sette, James Troisi, Carl Valeri

  • Ronald Vargas Newcastle Jets

    Newcastle Jets

    Ronald Vargas: The marquee man is back to his best after a long injury lay-off last season and is a spark that would take some replacing.

    Roy O'Donovan: Still out through suspension, the Jets attack has struggled without him this season.

    John Koutroumbis: The young defender is currently battling a cancer diagnosis and showed plenty of promise on the pitch last season. 

    Every off-contract Newcastle Jets player: Jake Adelson, Mitchell Austin, Jair, Nicholas Cowburn, Daniel Georgievski, Lewis Italiano, Lachlan Jackson, Noah James, John Koutroumbis, Patrick Langlois, Glen Moss, Roy O’Donovan, Kaine Sheppard, Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Ronald Vargas

  • Diego Castro Perth Glory

    Perth Glory

    Diego Castro: After making his return from injury on the weekend, the Spaniard looks set to add even more spark to Glory's attack. Success on the pitch might just be enough to convince him to stay on another season.

    Jason Davidson: The defender has looked a class above in his first A-League season and will attract plenty of interest over the next few months.

    Andy Keogh: Off to a trademark fast start in front of goal, Keogh is settled in Perth and might not take too much convincing to play on under Tony Popovic. 

    Every off-contract Perth Glory player: Jake Brimmer, Diego Castro, Joel Chianese, Jason Davidson, Dino Djulbic, Fabio Ferreira, Andrew Keogh, Liam Reddy, Brendon Santalab, Walter Scott, Matthew Spiranovic, Callum Timmins, Tando Velaphi

  • Brandon O'Neill Sydney FC

    Sydney FC

    Joshua Brillante: The fringe Socceroo is a key part of the Sky Blues side but might be keen to test himself in Europe again soon.

    Rhyan Grant: A one-club man to date, the defender has gone to another level after returning from injury and will no doubt attract suitors soon enough.

    Brandon O'Neill: Has been linked to a Championship side and the consistent performer could certainly make a step up. 

    Every off-contract Sydney FC player: Joshua Brillante, Alex Brosque, Aaron Calver, Alex Cisak, Cameron Devlin, Rhyan Grant, Joel King, Charles Lokoli Ngoy, Brandon O’Neill, Jerry Skotadis, Ryan Teague, Marco Tilio, Jop Van Der Linden, Christopher Zuvela

  • Roy Krishna Wellington Phoenix

    Wellington Phoenix

    Roy Krishna: The club's equal top scorer is still trying to get New Zealand citizenship but was the subject of MLS transfer interest over the off-season. Might be tempted to try his luck elsewhere as a free agent. 

    Sarpreet Singh: The 19 year old looks a talented player and could take his game to another level elsewhere should Wellington continue to struggle. 

    Steven Taylor: Has added some steel to the Nix back line but hasn't quite been able to cover up all the cracks. Seems to be loving life in New Zealand but poor results might just push him out the door sooner rather than later. 

    Every off-contract Wellington Phoenix player: Max Burgess, Nathan Burns, Thomas Doyle, Andrew Durante, Callan Elliot, Louis Fenton, Dylan Fox, Roy Krishna, Filip Kurto, Ryan Lowry, Mitchell Nichols, Alex Rufer, Oliver Sail, Sarpreet Singh, Armando Sosa Pena, Steven Taylor, Reuben Way, David Williams

  • Oriol Riera Western Sydney Wanderers

    Western Sydney Wanderers

    Oriol Riera: Being chased by a Spanish side at the moment and it's hard to see him sticking around another season, especially if the Wanderers can't find some success. 

    Alexander Baumjohann: Looks a classy player and will no doubt improve with another season in red and black.

    Josh Risdon: Keen to test himself in Europe and after impressing for the Socceroos, suitors won't be hard to come by. 

    Every off-contract Western Sydney Wanderers player: Keanu Baccus, Alexander Baumjohann, Roly Bonevacia, Mark Bridge, Brendan Hamill, Raul Llorente, Rashid Mahazi, Manyiel Riel Majok, Oriol Riera, Joshua Risdon, John Roberts, Lachlan Scott, Jaushua Sotirio, Marc Tokich