The best new players at your A-League club

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This year’s A-League season is well underway but in the off season plenty of players moved to new pastures to make their name at a new club.

Let’s take a look at the best new players at A-League club’s so far…

Adelaide United – Kristian Opseth

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Adelaide was left crying out for a new striker after the departure of Craig Goodwin, manager Gertjan Verbeek seemed to find his answer in Norwegian striker Kristian Opseth.

While he’s demonstrated somewhat modest performances so far this season his resume does not fall short of impressive.

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With 181 goals in 98 matches in his home country and 28 goals in 30 matches during a stint in Turkey, it’s just a matter of time before Opseth helps Adelaide secure success this season.

Adelaide United – Riley McGree

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Joining Opseth as a key member of Adelaide’s squad this season is Riley McGree. McGree finally returned home to Adelaide this season after spending the last 18 months in the A-League on loan initially at Newcastle and last season at Melbourne City.

The 21-year-old forward has already proven to be an irreplaceable asset to the Reds’ forward line.

McGree has catapulted the Reds into the top six, securing four goals in three appearances so far.

Brisbane Roar – Roy O’Donovan

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Moving from Newcastle to Brisbane, Irishman Roy O’Donovan has become the Roar’s principal striker.

With 39 A-League goals in 80 appearances for Central Coast and Newcastle O’Donovan has successfully provided more depth and experience for the squad.

The prolific player had shown his importance to the Roar’s scoring power after he netted a late equaliser in Brisbane’s credible 1-1 draw with Perth.

Central Coast Mariners – Milan Duric

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The veteran midfielder has provided Central Coast’s developing team with extensive experience and leadership.

Captain of Serbian club FK Vojvodina last season and previously playing in Poland, Macedonia and Bosnia, Duric is a key piece in Central Coast’s midfield.

Duric has so far impacted the Mariners’ squad in the season with his excellent long-range strike in the Mariner’s game against Western Sydney.

Melbourne City – Jamie Maclaren

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The Sunbury native striker joined Melbourne City as a marquee player during the offseason and is yet to disappoint.

Despite missing the last few weeks due to a hamstring injury, Maclaren has already secured four goals in two appearances with City.

Maclaren’s double goal against Western United took his total goal tally to 60 in 101 A-League games.

Melbourne City – Craig Noone

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Following a quick exit from Bolton during the off-season City were quick to sign the diverse English midfielder and winger.

With an instant connection with Maclaren, Noone has been essential in creating scoring opportunities for City, most notably against Melbourne Victory with three high-scoring chances.

Melbourne Victory – Andrew Nabbout

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Struggling to establish himself in the J-League with side Urawa Red Diamonds, Nabbout has already proven himself a necessary part of Victory’s strike power.

Nabbout secured Victory’s win over Brisbane roar before limping off the field with a hamstring injury.

Despite the injury, Nabbout’s dominance and control of the ball has established Victory’s forward line.

Newcastle Jets – Abdiel Arroyo

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Newcastle needed to secure an outstanding striker for the season to replace Irishman O’Donovan.

Abdiel Arroyo was a major win for the Jets and an exciting addition to their forward line.

The 25-year-old secured the Jets’ only goal against Adelaide United with an amazing solo volley.

Perth Glory – Bruno Fornaroli

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Despite ending his time with Melbourne City on a sour note, Bruno Fornaroli moved to Perth keen to add to his 46-career goal tally.

Despite starting their season with two 1-1 draws, Fornaroli has bolstered his reputation as an attacking gun alongside young-gun Chris Ikonomidis.

Sydney FC – Kosta Barbarouses

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With 54 goals in 206 appearances, Barbarouses arrives with a wealth of A-League experience.

Barbarouses excelled in a central striking role for Melbourne Victory last season with 15 goals and has begun replicating top form with Sydney FC this season.

Barbarouses scored his first goal for Sydney after his volley bounced over keeper Clint Bolton.

Wellington Phoenix – Stefan Marinovic

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After a mass exodus of players from Wellington finding their place with Western United, Marinovic was one key piece of the Nix’s rebuilding process.

Arriving from English club Bristol City Marinovic has previously made 100 appearances at various levels.

Marinovic was a crucial component in securing Wellington’s first points against Melbourne Victory by producing five crucial saves.

Western Sydney Wanderers – Nicolai Müller

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Western Sydney pulled an 11th-hour coup when they signed German midfielder Nicolai Muller.

The former Bundesliga player with side Eintracht Frankfurt Muller has proven to be an essential attacking midfielder, with accurate ball possession.

Muller showed off his versatility against Brisbane when the traditional right-winger effortlessly filled in Radosław Majewsk’s position in the midfield.

Western United – Alessandro Diamanti

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Diamanti has proven to be an essential playmaker in driving the success of Western United’s maiden season.

Arriving from Italy, Diamanti has had long stints in Serie A and Serie B which have contributed to his classy football skills.

His display in United’s last game against Western Sydney was full of creative and technical passes that no other midfielder could have created.

Feature Image Credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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