What if one day you woke up and Mitch Nichols was curled up on the end of your bed, purring and rubbing his head up against your leg? And what if that was completely normal? Presenting A-League players as your pets.

Henrique – Fish
The slipperiest little fish at that.

To celebrate the return of the little Brazilian’s return to the A-League he’s the obvious starting point for this list. Some fish are obviously known for their short memories but Henrique’s club Brisbane Roar really take the cake on this one after their off season policy of bringing the age of the squad down went out the window.

Mitch Nichols – Cat
They also absolutely love the white stuff: milk.

May have seemed a good idea a long time ago but lot of people question why they even have a cat. They show little affection, occasionally play with a ball when they feel like it but mostly just mope around doing not much at all.

Michael Marrone – Horse
Play nice with the horse

Firstly, both Marrone and horses have a glorious long mane. But a lot of kids are quite scared of horses and don’t know how to act in their presence. Moving at the wrong time can cause a horse to lash out and knock an unsuspecting (or overly dramatic) child to the ground.

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Dzengis Cavusevic – Chameleon
Gone in a flash against Victory

People usually spend a lot of time and effort to track down a chameleon that will be right for their family. The only problem is when it gets home it seems to disappear into thin air and won’t turn up again for at least a couple of weeks.

Matt Simon – Lizard
Too legendary to not include on this list

Is it actually a pet or is it just a wild animal kept in a cage? Usually left in its enclosure until one day Uncle Arnie comes over and gets him out for some play time.

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Jason Hoffman – Dog
Man’s best friend

Reliable and loyal to a T. Loves being let loose for a run, has reasonable skills when in possession of a ball and never backs down from a scrap when one presents itself.

Mitch Austin – Tamagotchi
One for the 90’s kids

Was the first pet to go digital and appeal almost exclusively to a much younger market. Was a phenomenon that got boring after a few weeks as interest waned and was forgotten about not long after.

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