Five exciting Australians off contract this year

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Clubs are already planning for next season with some big players entering the final six months of their contracts.

As of January 1st, clubs are free to begin talks with any players in the final six months of their contracts. We have already seen Western Sydney Wanderers poach Steven Ugarkovic from the Newcastle Jets for next season. Here are five exciting Australians that are coming off contract and are sure to be in demand in the A-League.

Mark Birighitti- Central Coast Mariners

The experienced goalkeeper was one of the few bright spots in a poor season for the Mariners last year. He stuck with the club for another season and has been producing world class saves to keep multiple clean sheets. At 29 years-old, Birighitti is at the peak of his game and there will be many A-league clubs that will be chasing after his signature.

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Max Burgess- Western United

Burgess had a breakout season last year with A-League newcomers Western United. The attacking midfielder is more then capable of setting up and scoring goals. At the start of this season, Burgess was reluctant to return to United after interest from other clubs, but United stood firm and held him to his contract. There should be plenty of clubs interested in the 25 year-old and a bidding war may see Burgess claim quite the pay day.

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Joshua Risdon- Western United

The Socceroo right back is still recovering from a leg injury he sustained at the end of last season. If he is able to recover and repeat the performances that saw him capped by the Socceroos 14 times, then he will be a huge signing for any club. The attacking right back provides a threat down the flank while also being able to get back on defence. Western United will be pulling out all stops to keep hold of the 28 year-old.

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Cameron Devlin- Wellington Phoenix

The young midfielder left Sydney FC in search of first team football and found it at the Phoenix. Devlin’s career started slowly at the Phoenix, but when he got his chance he took it with both hands. Devlin was one of the standout players as the Phoenix had an impressive season that saw them finish third on the table. At just 22 years old, Devlin has the chance to earn a place with the Olyroos at the Olympics this year. It may be hard for the Phoenix to keep hold of this young Aussie.

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Tom Glover- Melbourne City

The former Tottenham Hotspur youth player moved to City in 2019 and has become the club’s first choice goalkeeper. Glover was nominated for young player of the year and helped the Olyroos qualify for the Olympics. At just 23 years old Glover has plenty of time to grow as a player and City will be hoping to hold onto the young shot stopper.

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Ben Johnston
I grew up on the Central Coast and fell in love with football in 2005. Supporter of Mariners, Manchester United and Macclesfield Town.