There’s been many heroes and villains in fourteen years of the A-League but how about those ones that were just plain forgettable?

Whether it’s because a player never did anything special or let everyone down completely there’s usually a reason why we forget they exist.

We decided to dig through some of the most forgettable signings to grace the competition and put together a squad of eleven just to uproot some of those awful memories you may have suppressed. You’re welcome.

GK: Tony Warner (Wellington Phoenix)

To kick things off we have the former Liverpool man between the sticks who played fifteen games for the Phoenix in the 2011/12 season.

The Trinidad and Tobago shot-stopper boasted an impressive resume on arrival to the New Zealand outfit but a record of just three clean sheets saw Warner shipping off to play in the Maltese league the next year.

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DF: Steve McMahon (Jr) (Perth Glory)

We’ve all experienced the classic scenario in which the coaches son gets his preferred position purely because of the biological link. Perth Glory coach Steve McMahon proved just that but on a whole other level in bringing his son into the Western Australian outfit for the 2005/06 A-League season.

Granted, the defender had received some experience with English club Blackpool in prior years but it was soon clear to see that the move was simply an abuse of power by the Glory coach who left soon afterwards.

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DF: William Gallas (Perth Glory)

One of the biggest names to grace the A-League was English Premier League winner William Gallas who became the first Frenchman to play down under for the 2013/14 season.

The imposing defender moved directly from Tottenham Hotspur and certainly gave the Western Australian club a great deal of exposure but he never truly gave the performances to reflect his illustrious career and retired after a poor season.

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DF: Pablo Contreras (Melbourne Victory)

Another player travelling to Australia to give his last hurrah before hanging up the boots. Contreras arrived after a strong career in which he reprsented clubs such as Celta Vigo, Monaco and Olympiacos as well as the Chilean national team.

Along with a forgettable A-League career the defender had a debut to forget after receiving a two-match suspension after an off-the-ball altercation in the Melbourne Derby not long before announcing his retirement at the end of the 2013/14 season.

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DF: Bob Malcolm (Brisbane Roar)

Signed by Frank Farina as one of Brisbane’s marquee players at the start of the 2009/10 A-League season the Scotsman was brought in as part of a squad shake-up.

The former Rangers hard-man had seen his share of controversy with clubs in Scotland and England but he never found the limelight with the Roar and was released by the club in what would be yet another shake-up the following year.

The Scottish defender now serving up ice-cream from a van in his home-town of Glasgow.

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RM: Zhang Yuning (Queensland Roar)

Zhang Yuning was dubbed the Chinese David Beckham on arrival but you could forgive the Brisbane fans for getting excited over the loan deal to bring Yuning to the club for the 2006/07 season.

The Roar are a recurring contributor to this XI and the Chinese forward was no exception. Yuning is one that has fallen into the back of the fans minds after failing to grab a goal or an assist in six appearances.

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MF: Alejandro Salazar (Sydney FC)

Plucked from the American Major League Soccer youth side Boulder Rapids by Sydney FC scouts Salazar came across to the Sky Blues showing a great deal of promise.

The Yank’s career never took off after earning himself just one competitive appearance with the first team when he came on as a 66th-minute substitute in the 2005/06 semi-final against Adelaide United before being released shortly into the following season.

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MF: Claudinho (Melbourne Victory)

Signed by Victory ahead of the 2006/07 season as a talented midfielder, Claudinho enjoyed success with former club Atletico Paranaense playing alongside Brazilian stars Allessandro and Fred.

Initially brought in to add flair and creativity to Melbourne’s ranks Claudinho made a promising debut, scoring a goal against Adelaide United but his actions afterwards can easily be forgotten. The Brazilian watched on from the sidelines as his club claimed the title that year.

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LM: Juninho Paulista (Sydney FC)

Another Brazilian joining the A-League with a very impressive resume was Juninho Paulista who signed up to the Sky Blues for the 2007/08 season.

Boasting honours such as a FIFA World Cup and English Premier League Player of the Season the quick-footed midfielder should have been tearing up the competition week-in-week-out but the former Atletico Madrid and Middlesborough man couldn’t even manage a goal.

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ST: Romario (Adelaide United)

Labelled one of the best strikers the game has ever seen but who here actually remembers the Brazilian’s four-game guest stint with Adelaide United?

He may have been 40-years old and the move was really nothing more than a publicity stunt but Romario’s time in the competition was bitterly disappointing as the ‘old man’ trotted around the pitch grabbing one sloppy goal back in 2006.

If that’s not forgettable I don’t know what is.

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ST: Ben Collett (New Zealand Knights)

Rounding out the XI on a ‘strong’ note is perhaps the most forgettable player to have played in what is the most forgettable franchise of the A-League, the New Zealand Knights.

A career of ‘almost’s’ saw Collett close to breaking into Alex Ferguson’s squad at Manchester United before moving to the Knight’s and almost scoring a goal in his eighteen-game tenure at the ‘Kiwi club’ back in 2006.

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Manager: Terry Butcher (Sydney FC)

Leading the league’s most forgettable XI is former England international captain Terry Butcher and who better than the man to be sacked by three separate clubs.

The ex-Sunderland manager signed a two-year deal with the Sky Blues in 2006 but the Englishman saw less than a year of that after being given his marching orders early in 2007.

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Though you probably don’t remember, were there any players we missed in the A-League most forgettable XI? Let us know on Twitter.

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Recent Sports Media graduate from the University of Canberra. Love all things football and can't wait to be part of the growth of the game in Australia. Waiting for the day the FFA come to their senses and hand us an A-League team... but could be waiting a while.