The top 15 off-contract A-League players

A few names to keep an eye on over the off-season...

As the regular season draws to a close, both clubs and players start to contemplate what's next with off-season movement an inevitably.

In the A-League in particular where short contracts are the norm, player movement is a familiar sight and the months to come will be no different.

Here are the players with contracts set to expire at the end of the season* that will be turning heads.

*Correct as of March 19

  1. #1 Bart Schenkeveld

    The Dutch defender is still in his prime at 27 and has been one of the A-League's most consistent performers over the past two seasons.

    City are trying to re-sign him but he reportedly wants marquee status with Sydney FC also circling. 

  2. #2 Keisuke Honda

    While he's strongly suggested he'll only spend one season in Australia, Victory will no doubt be seeing if he's open to extending his stay in the A-League after his stellar performances.

    Should they fall short of silverware, Honda may well feel he has unfinished business in the competition and decide to stick around. 

    If not, the US would loom as a likely destination. 

  3. #3 Roy Krishna

    The current Golden Boot leader has reached new heights this season under Mark Rudan but at 31 is running out of time to test himself overseas.

    He was attracting MLS interest over the off-season and could also be keen to try his luck in Asia. 

    Should Rudan leave the Nix and join Western United, Krishna may also decide to follow suit. 

    His form this season certainly makes him hot property with his agent recently confirming 'several' A-League clubs had expressed interest. 

  4. #4 Kosta Barbarouses

    Another player that's had a career-best season, the Kiwi attacker has soared alongside Honda and Ola Toivonen. 

    The 29-year-old had a short stint in Europe between 2011 and 2013 and is running out of time to test himself again overseas. 

    A move to Asia and even a return to the Phoenix could also be on the cards - though the looming arrival of his first child means he could be content to stay put in Melbourne if the right offer is put on the table. 

  5. #5 Filip Kurto

    The Nix gambled on a foreign keeper this season and have been handsomely rewarded with Kurto.

    The Polish shot-stopper has been a star between the sticks with the club keen to activate his second-season contract option.

    Kurto himself is yet to accept and is reportedly in the sights of Western United with Rudan's future seemingly strongly linked to where Kurto plays next season. 

  6. #6 Luke Brattan

    Dropped at the start of the season by Warren Joyce, Brattan avoided a similar fall out to Bruno Fornaroli and gone on to be one of City's more consistent performers. 

    Technically on loan from Manchester City with his contract with the English club also expiring at the end of the season, the Aussie midfielder will attract plenty of interest. 

    Still yet to play a professional game outside of the A-League, a move abroad will no doubt be top of Brattan's mind. 

  7. #7 Ronald Vargas

    The Jets attacker has thankfully avoided any major injuries this season and contributed with seven goals across all competitions.

     At 32, he still has plenty of football left in him but whether he's happy to remain in Newcastle or if the Jets want to keep him remains to be seen. 

  8. #8 James Troisi

    While his recent form has stalled somewhat, the former Socceroo started the season on fire and will have sides interested. 

    Leading the league for assists, Troisi can add a cutting edge to a number of A-League side's attack. 

    The Wanderers were credited with interest recently but Markus Babbel suggested the midfielder would cost too much. 

  9. #9 Riley McGree

    Though contracted with Club Brugge until 2021, McGree's loan with City will finish at the end of the season and it's hard to see him returning.

    Perth Glory are reportedly keen to extend his stay in the A-League and the 20-year-old would benefit from another campaign of more regular football before trying to break through in Europe. 

  10. #10 Roy O'Donovan

    After starting the season suspended, the Irish striker has returned to the A-League with a trademark bang.

    With seven goals from 14 matches so far this campaign, he knows how to score in the competition and goal-shy teams in the A-League wouldn't be blamed for sounding him out. 

    Will turn 34 in August however which will bring his stocks down. 

  11. #11 Oriol Riera

    After a quieter second season in the A-League, Riera is yet to commit his future to the Wanderers and may be tempted to return to Spain where clubs were chasing him in January. 

    While his application can some times leave a bit to be desired, on his day Riera has all the attributes to leave A-League defences in his wake. 

  12. #12 Eric Bautheac

    Has stepped up another gear this season but you feel we are yet to see the best of the Frenchman.

    Not helped by an under-performing Roar side, Bautheac would be an exciting prospect to see at a team higher up the ladder.

    Has reportedly been attracting MLS interest and will take some convincing to stay put in Australia

  13. #13 Jonathan Aspropotamitis

    The young defender has looked solid in a shaky Mariners side after returning from an ACL injury.

    Wester United are reportedly keen to sign him and at this stage, you'd have to say a move away from the Central Coast would be in his best interests. 

  14. #14 Nikola Mileusnic

    Has started just nine A-League games this season at the Reds and will be desperate to secure more first-team football.

    He's proven he can be a match-winner on his day with his blistering pace a big asset.

    Western Sydney Wanderers have been credited with showing interest and it's a move that could work well for both parties. 

  15. #15 Dario Vidosic

    Has started just six games under Joyce this season and at 31 still has plenty of football left in him.

    Despite having his minutes limited, Vidosic has still chipped in with two goals and two assists at City this season. 

    A return to one of his former A-League clubs, Adelaide or Western Sydney, could be an ideal way for him to become a starter again.