5 A-League player moves that worked brilliantly - and 5 that didn't

As Andrew Hoole prepares to play against Sydney FC for the first time since his failed move from Newcastle Jets to the Sky Blues, The World Game looks at five recent A League club-to-club player moves that succeeded and five that weren't so good. It's a jungle out there!

Jamie Maclaren

Jamie Maclaren's move to Brisbane Roar has been a success Source: Getty Images

The five moves that came off

1. Jamie Maclaren (Perth Glory to Brisbane Roar)

His frustration grew as he sat on the bench behind Andy Keogh at the Glory for most of the 2014-2015 season, so he was ripe for a move at the end of it.

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Sought by several clubs, he chose the Roar, and finished last season second on the A-League goal-scoring list with 18.

2. Stefan Mauk (Melbourne City to Adelaide United)

Mauk felt he wasn't getting the chance to express himself at City, so when the opportunity came midway through last season to join Adelaide as part of a swap deal with Osama Malik, he gladly took it.

Mauk


Since then, he has won an A-League championship and Premiers' Plate as a key man with the Reds, been called up to Socceroos squad and joined Dutch Eredivisie club NEC.

3. Brandon O'Neill (Perth Glory to Sydney FC)

O'Neill played just 13 A-League games in three seasons with the Glory before Sydney coach Graham Arnold came calling at the end of the 2014-2015 season.



He has now established himself as part of the engine room for the Sky Blues, playing as a holding midfielder.

4. Craig Goodwin (Newcastle Jets to Adelaide United)

Goodwin finally found the right club for him when he joined the Reds at the end of the 2013-2014 season.

Coaches Josep Gombau and Guillermo Amor used him astutely and A-League honours, a Socceroos recall and a contract with Sparta Rotterdam in the Eredivisie followed.

5. Danny Vukovic (Melbourne Victory to Sydney FC)

Not too early to call this. Much more settled in Sydney with a network of family support available, Vukovic, whose son, Harley, is awaiting a liver transplant, is back to his best shot-stopping form.

Yet to concede a goal this season.



The five moves that bombed

1. Andrew Hoole (Newcastle Jets to Sydney FC)

Hoole joined the Sky Blues in a blaze of publicity as one of the hottest young players in the competition at the end of the 2014-2015 season, but strangely didn't progress - and after one year of a two-year contract he rejoined Newcastle.



It will be interesting to see how Hoole fares playing for the Jets against Sydney at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday night.

2. Youssouf Hersi (Western Sydney Wanderers to Perth Glory)

The Wanderers chose not to compete with bigger bids to keep the winger at the end of the 2013-2014 season.

Perth splashed the cash to get him, but after eight rounds he went down with a season-ending hamstring injury, and was granted a release from his contract at the end of the 2014-2015 season.

Hersi


3. Danny Vukovic (Perth Glory to Melbourne Victory)

Vukovic was a big signing for the Victory at the end of the 2014-2015 season, but appeared more and more out of sorts in goal as last season wore on.

It was no surprise, since he had his son's illness weighing on his mind, and was he eventually replaced by Lawrence Thomas.

4. Liam Reddy (Central Coast Mariners to Western Sydney Wanderers)

After splitting with Central Coast midway through last season, Reddy joined the Wanderers and waited patiently on the bench behind Andrew Redmayne for his chance.



Eventually he got it and looked like playing the rest of the season out, but then, after a bad game, he was dumped for Redmayne.

5. Marcos Flores (Melbourne Victory to Central Coast Mariners, Mariners to Newcastle Jets)

Flores claimed the 2010-2011 Johnny Warren Medal with Adelaide, before having a year in China in between leaving the Reds and joining the Victory.

Released after one year of his two-year deal at the Victory, he tore the ACL in his knee while at Central Coast and was released halfway through the season after at the Jets.


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Published 29 October 2016 at 12:09pm
By Greg Prichard