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Seven Aussies A-League clubs could target in January

07:59 SAST 2019/01/03
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There's plenty of Aussie talent that could be tapped into this month

With most A-League squads boasting their full quota of foreigners, finding Australian talent will be the priority for many clubs in January.

Already this month, Kwame Yeboah has returned from Germany to sign for Western Sydney Wanderers, while Melbourne Victory have offered NPL star Elvis Kambosa a deserved deal.

So who else is out there and where could they end up?

Here are seven Aussies that could or should be on your club's radar...

  • Mile Jedinak Socceroos 2018

    #1 Mile Jedinak

    The former Socceroos skipper isn't playing at Aston Villa and is already on the radar of Macarthur South-West Sydney, who will join the A-League in two seasons time. 

    But why not bring Jedinak to the competition now?

    The 34-year-old isn't getting any younger and would add some serious to steel any side. 

    Born and bred in Sydney before playing for Central Coast Mariners, Jedinak would be a quality addition to either Sydney side or indeed the Mariners, who are crying out for someone just like him to revive their club.

    His wages may be a sticking point, but you'd hope the FFA would dip into some of their remaining marquees funds to bring the bearded legend home if he's at all interested. 

  • Mitch Duke

    #2 Mitchell Duke

    After four seasons in Japan, the pacey attacker is ready for a new adventure.

    Though his priority is Europe, a short stint in the A-League where he plays and hopefully scores regularly could be exactly what he needs right now. 

    Another former Mariner that the club could certainly use up front right now. 

    Sydney FC could also use his pace in their final third, while moves to Adelaide United or Melbourne City would make sense too. 

  • Bruce Djite Adelaide United v Western Sydney Wanderers A-League 01052016

    #3 Bruce Djite

    Still just 31, the striker is a free agent and surely still has plenty of goals left him.

    While a stint in Indonesia didn't go to plan, Djite has the physicality and mentality to succeed again in the A-League.

    A return to Adelaide United is the romantic and most realistic option for him - though Sydney FC, City and the Mariners could also use him up top.  

  • Alex Gersbach Rosenborg v Lillestrom Eliteserien 16052016

    #4 Alex Gersbach

    Desperately short of game time over the past year in Norway, the left-back was lucky to make the Socceroos Asian Cup squad.

    Unlikely to start for Australia in the UAE, Gersbach must secure more minutes at club level sooner rather than later.

    With his contract at Rosenborg expiring in a few months, a short spell in the A-League could be what he needs to rejuvenate his hopes of European football. 

    While Sydney FC don't need him back, the Mariners and Wanderers could use him on their left flank. 

  • Liam Rose Mariners

    #5 Liam Rose

    Yet another former Mariner, who is a free agent after a short stint in Armenia.

    Only 21, Rose has 71 A-League appearances to his name so is no stranger to the demands of the competition. 

    A defensive midfielder by trade, he'd be a handy addition for any A-League side in need of some depth in the middle of the park. 

  • Chris Herd Wanderers

    #6 Chris Herd

    After showing so much promise, it's been a painful few years for the midfielder, who is a free agent after a short stint in Thailand.

    Herd failed to impress across his one season stint with the Wanderers, but is just 29 and surely still has something left to offer. 

    A move to Brisbane Roar could make sense with Brett Holman and Stefan Mauk struggling with injuries. 

  • Kerem Bulut Western Sydney Wanderers

    #7 Kerem Bulut

    No, that's not a joke, I'd love to see Bulut given one final crack in the A-League.

    A free agent after being banned from playing in Turkey for reported drug use, the former Wanderers striker would certainly add some colour to the A-League. 

    At 26, he'd be hoping he still has plenty of goals left in him too and would be eager to redeem himself after his last stint with Western Sydney ended poorly.

    A club would have to take a considerable gamble on him first though and perhaps a side with not much left to lose, like the Mariners, could profit from a roll of the dice.