The best signings of the 2018/19 A-League season

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With the 2018/19 A-League season over, The Football Sack takes a look at some of the best signings that we’ve seen grace the competition this year.

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Filip Kurto – Wellington Phoenix

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The big Pole quickly established himself as the leading shot stopper in the A-League this season, and easily one of the best goalies the league has seen in awhile. With amazing saves every match, as well as a dose of theatrical diving, it was amazing to watch Kurto each game. Still, the Nix goalie conceded just 35 goals this season, when according to expected goals, he should have conceded 42. That means he conceded seven less than you would have expected. Sadly for Phoenix fans, he’s off to Western United for 2019/20, but will still go down as one of the best signings in their history.

Chris Ikonomidis – Perth Glory

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The NAB Young Footballer of the Year, what a signing the Lazio youth product has been. He might have played just 20 games, but in that time he scored nine and assisted five. With those utterly crazy stats, it’s no surprise that he deservedly won the young player of the year, and was a key force as the Glory made their way to the grand final.

Keisuke Honda – Melbourne Victory

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The face of the A-League this season; the world famous Japanese star made a big impact in what will be his sole season in Australia. Despite spending a large portion of the season out with injury, he managed seven goals and seven assists in 20 games. That is in fact, the same amount that Ikonomidis managed in one less game, although Honda was often deployed in a less advanced position. Not that I’m comparing or anything.

Ola Toivonen – Melbourne Victory

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Along with Honda, the Victory really relied on their other name signing this season. And with good reason, as Toivonen, despite saying early in the season that he wasn’t a goal scorer, turned out to be exactly that. The big Swede would hit 15 goals in 22 games this season, with four assists, and finished fifth in the golden boot standings.

Matthew Millar – Central Coast Mariners

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While this story doesn’t have a happy ending for Mariners fans, the fact remains that Millar was one of the best pickups for the season, and made the step up from NPL Victoria football with ease. He’s turned into one of the league’s best full backs, and managed to knock in a very respectable eight assists. The Jets really managed a coup when they signed him for next season.

Adam Le Fondre – Sydney FC

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Runner up to Roy Krishna in the golden boot standings, the Englishman has had an excellent first season in Australia, scoring 16 in the regular season, with that total going to 18 in the finals. With just 152 minutes between goals, he’s been the main threat up front for the Sky Blues made their way to and won the A-League grand final.

Jason Davidson – Perth Glory

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The ex-Premier League player’s return to Australia from Croatia proved to be a good piece of business, with his from a big part of Perth’s first ever A-League premiership. The full back managed six assists as well as knocking in two goals, as the team from the west cruised to success.

Featured image credit: Ngau Kai Yan

 

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