Only eight weeks remain of the A-League's marathon offseason. After four months of coaching changes, key signings and releases of long-time players, the league's rosters and philosophies are finally settling into what will be recognizable throughout the 2013/14 season.
Unlike many other leagues around the world, the lead up to the A-League season is fairly quiet on the transfer front, mostly because of lack of a transfer window in early October. As such, the squads that will take part in pre-season friendlies over the next two months will very closely resemble the teams we'll see across Australia and New Zealand through the first few months of the season.
To date there have not been any earth shattering moves like last season's trio of famous acquisitions in Alessandro Del Piero (Sydney), Shinji Ono (Western Sydney) and Emile Heskey (Newcastle), nor is there an expansion team to grab players from various clubs. Instead, this offseason has been a bit more traditional with many players swapping one A-League club's kit for another while youngsters head for Europe and Asia and veterans return home or sail in from Europe to get one last regular spell.
Here are the ins and outs from the A-League's four-month offseason, knowing that there are still several more moves to be made between now and mid-October:
In: Tarek Elrich (Western Sydney), Isaias Sanchez (Ponferradina), Sergio Cirio (Hospitalet), Jordan Elsey (youth), Awer Mabil (youth)
Out: Iain Ramsay (Melbourne Heart), Tomi Juric (Western Sydney), Iain Fyfe (Mes Kerman), Fabian Barbiero (Croydon Kings), Evan Kostopoulos (released)
In: Matt McKay (Changchun), Liam Miller (Perth), Diogo Ferreira (Melbourne Victory), Dmitri Petratos (Kelantan), Corey Brown (youth), George Lambadardis (youth)
Out: Massimo Murdocca (Melbourne Heart), Matt Jurman (Sydney), Mitch Nichols (Melbourne Victory), Ben Halloran (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Stefan Nijland (PEC Zwolle), Steven Lustica (Hadjuk Split - end of loan), James Meyer (Pune FC)
Central Coast Mariners:
Out: Pedj Bojic (Sydney), Oliver Bozanic (FC Luzern), Bernie Ibini (Shanghai SIPG), Mat Ryan (Club Brugge), Daniel McBreen (Shanghai SIPG - loan until end of October), Brad McDonald (academy), Adriano Pelegrino (academy), Patrick Zwaanswijk (retired)
In: Orlando Engelaar (PSV), Massimo Murdocca (Brisbane), Iain Ramsay (Adeladie), Tando Velaphi (Melbourne Victory), Harry Kewell (Al-Gharafa), Rob Wielaert (Roda JC), Aziz Behich (Bursaspor - loan), Sam Mitchinson (youth), Stefan Mauk (youth)
Out: Cameron Edwards (Perth), Josip Tadic (HNK Rijeka), Eli Babalj (AZ), Simon Colosimo (Dempo), Clint Bolton (retired), Matt Thompson (released), Fred (released), Marcel Meeuwis (released), Jamie Coyne (released)
In: Mitch Nichols (Brisbane), Kosta Barbarouses (FC Alania)
Out: Marcos Flores (Central Coast), Diogo Ferreira (Brisbane), Tando Velaphi (Melbourne Heart), Marco Rojoas (Stuttgart), Daniel Mullen (Dalian Aerbin - end of loan), Billy Celeski (Al Shaab), Sam Gallagher (Richmond), Spase Dilevski (released), Theo Markelis (released), Matthew Foschini (released)
Out: Jack Duncan (Perth), Bernardo Ribeiro (IFK Mariehamn), Dominik Ritter (released), Marko Jesic (released)
In: Isaka Cernak (Wellington), Cameron Edwards (Melbourne Heart), Jack Duncan (Newcastle), Jamie Maclaren(Blackburn Rovers), Ryan Edwards (Reading - loan), Sidnei Sciola (Alki Larnaca), Matthew Davies (youth), Riley Woodcock (youth), Daniel De Silva (youth)
Out: Liam Miller (Brisbane), Dean Heffernan (Western Sydney), Storm Roux (Central Coast), Lewis Italiano (Wellington), Evan Berger (Marconi Stallions), Neil Young (coaching staff), Nick Ward (released)
In: Pedj Bojic (Central Coast), Matt Jurman (Brisbane), Marc Warren (Airdrie United), Corey Gameiro (Fulham), Nick Carle (Baniyas - end of loan)
Out: Terry Antonis (Parma - still negotiating), Fabio Alves (Philadelphia Union), Adam Griffiths (Selangor FA), Joel Griffiths (Qingdao Jonoon), Paul Reid (Rockdale City Suns), Lucas Neill (Omiya Ardija), Kruno Lovrek (released), Nathan Sherlock (released), Trent McClenahan (released), Jarrod Kyle (released)
Out: Isaka Cernak (Perth), Benjamin Totori (Oakleigh Cannons), Tony Lochhead (released), Alex Smith (released), Dani Sanchez (released), Jimmy Downey (released), Lucas Pantelis (released), Mark Paston (retired)
Western Sydney Wanderers:
In: Dean Heffernan (Perth), Tomi Juric (Adelaide), Brendon Santalab (Congqing Lifan)
Out: Tarek Elrich (Adelaide), Joey Gibbs (Newcastle), Reece Caira (Wellington), Rocky Visconte (Suphanburi), Dino Kresigner (Zavrc)