After a thrilling transfer window of secret phone calls, scandals and speculation, A-League clubs are now finding out who walked away with handy pickups and who scored themselves a dud deal.

But which has been the best?

LUIS GARCIA

One of the more surprising – if not the biggest – signings of the transfer window, has injected some much-needed experience into the young Central Coast Mariners. The Spaniard featured in Tony Walmsley’s starting 11 for the first time on Sunday and copped a knock in the first half. It could’ve been the heat but perhaps Garcia works better as an impact player than a consistent starter. Overall he’s quietened his critics, proving his post-retirement capabilities as fast paced and attack-minded against the Wanderers in his A-League debut and forging an instant chemistry with his fellow fieldsmen and reinvigorated spectators.

DAVID CARNEY

Despite termination settlements being finalised only hours before the transfer deadline, the experienced winger was released from Newcastle to return home to Sky Blue after almost a decade. Left-footed “Super Dav” proved a game-changer when he appeared in the final 20 minutes against Adelaide a fortnight ago. He earned himself a start in Arnie’s squad against Glory on Saturday night along with returning skipper Alex Brusque. While there were a few suave moves from the attacking duo there were also a whole lot of missed opportunities which saw Perth snap up the victory.

ANTHONY CACERES

The former Mariners player has earned a new reputation and a few sleepless nights at Melbourne City after earning his second red card in as many weeks. In his second game for the club, Caceres was sent off in the crucial minutes of a City comeback against Western Sydney before being shown the red again in Saturday night’s Melbourne Derby. Matthew Delpierre was chopped down by the midfielder in the late stages of the game blowing City’s chances of getting one up on Victory.

ANDY KEOGH

Sine gaining international clearance last month, the Irish striker was signed on as a saving grace for Glory’s yoyo season. There are some issues with match fitness of which Keogh himself has acknowledged and the lingering hurt of an unlucky miss in last week’s gritty Phoenix match. Nevertheless, he scored in Glory’s match against Victory a fortnight ago and opened the scoring in Saturday’s match against Sydney FC off a slip by goalie Vedran Janjetovic.

STEVEN UGARKOVIC

The Olyroos midfielder signed an 18-month contract with Newcastle after a four-year stint in Croatia and was given a big thumbs up by double goal scorer Milos Trifunovic after his “tidy” performance against Melbourne City a fortnight ago. Brisbane coach John Aloisi commended Scott Miller’s revival acquisitions Ugarkovic and Morten Nordstrand but the pair neither starred nor flopped against Roar last week – perhaps flying under the radar is just what he needs.

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