A changing of the guard as the Reds prepare for life without Mauk

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In Stefan Mauk’s expected last game for Adelaide United, manager Carl Veart looks towards life without his captain.

It has been a long, drawn-out process but Mauk’s time in Adelaide looks to have finally come to an end. 

“It has been difficult, but to Stefan’s credit he has played extremely well (since the trade was agreed upon), and we have been very fortunate to be able to play him since the deal was done a long time ago,” Veart said. 

“But I do believe it is his last game.”  

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Now the Reds must shift their focus towards replacing not only their captain, but their number eight. 

“We need an end date on Stef’s trade so we can have a look at bringing someone else in before the window shuts,” Veart said. 

But time is of the essence with the trade window shutting in less than two weeks. 

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Veart admits that there is enough quality within the squad to replace Mauk. 

“We have players in the group that can replace Stef, but it would also be nice to bring in another quality player,” Veart stated. 

“But we have been lacking that creative type of player.” 

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Yet, in news that would please the Reds faithful, Veart is yet to rule out a move for an overseas import. 

“We still have a visa spot available, so we are not limited to a local player,” Veart said. 

“The January window is an easy period to bring people in, as you find in Europe that a lot of players haven’t found clubs or need to find a move. 

“I have spoken to a lot of agents, with plenty of players earmarked.” 

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Despite the external noise, Adelaide now need to focus on the well-rested Newcastle Jets, who they face Sunday. 

It’s been a long time between drinks for the Jets as they prepare for their first game in 42 days. 

“They will be underdone in game sharpness, so it’s important we take the game up to them,” Veart said. 

“They like to put teams under pressure, so we need to put it back on them.” 

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However, during this extended break, Veart understands the Jets may be a new side. 

“It’s been five weeks since they last played, so I’m sure they’ve had a lot of time on the track to work on their play,” Veart said.  

Feature image credit: Jordan Trombetta

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Cameron Ottenhoff
Cameron Ottenhoff
Sport, media and communications student at Flinders University in Adelaide. I was forced to hang the boots up at a young age after discovering I'm no good at sport, so now I just talk about it instead.

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