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    With Bernie Ibini in Belgium conducting his ‘dream move’ to join fellow Australian Mat Ryan at Club Brugge and Marc Janko’s sticky contract situation over, it seems only a matter of time before other A-League clubs swoop on the remaining free agents coming from Sydney FC.

    No doubt Corey Gameiro will be the next player to secure his future, unless A-League clubs have a short memory. His current injury may hold up proceedings, however, as he is still recovering from a knee ligament injury sustained during last season.

    Gameiro almost won his first senior Australian cap with his scintillating early season form, however it was not to be for the young forward as he was chopped down by a cruel injury and has now found himself cut from his club.

    He would make a handy addition to almost all of the other A-League teams bar Melbourne Victory, who have undoubtedly the best forward line in the competition.

    Milos Dimitrijevic is the other headline act to be cut from Sydney FC’s squad for next season. Although the search party is still looking for him around the Melbourne area after going missing during the grand final, he was still a vital cog in steering Sydney FC to the grand final in the first place.

    Dimitrijevic controlled the tempo of Sydney FC’s play throughout the season from his central midfield berth. He was also handy on the dead ball for Sydney FC and provided plenty of chances for his teammates.

    It comes as no surprise that he cleaned up at the end of season awards for Sydney FC winning the club’s player of the year, player’s player of the year and member’s player of the year. The most surprising part is that he is being let go.

    He will no doubt attract interest from both Australia and Europe, where he is currently visiting his family back in Serbia. Hopefully Dimitrijevic will be back on our shores for next season though.

    Peter Triantis and Hagi Gligor are also being released by Sydney FC, which leaves their central midfield options very limited. Both are Sydney FC youth products, with Triantis being brought into the Sydney FC youth team after excelling with the APIA Leichhardt Tigers.

    Both players have their best years ahead of them, with Triantis aged 23 and Gligor 19. It can be argued that both failed to take their chances with Sydney FC, but the chances they were both given were very limited.

    Any A-League clubs that are looking for a talented young central midfield player to bolster their current squads should look no further than this pair, as they would be itching for some consistent first team action and looking to prove Sydney FC wrong for their decision to let them go.

    So it seems Sydney FC will be looking to recruit central midfield players as a priority this transfer window. Will they splash for a marquee international player in this position? Or will Graham Arnold be able to convince Mustafa Amini to return from his European adventure with Borussia Dortmund?

    Either way, it should be a very interesting off-season for Sydney FC.

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    • June 5th 2015 @ 7:09am
      Gareth said | June 5th 2015 @ 7:09am | ! Report

      Gameiro and Dimitrijevic weren’t let go so to speak, they were offered new contracts but chose not to sign.

      The rumour is that Gameiro is set to sign for City, and given that he was playing first team football and seemed pretty central to Arnold’s plans at the start of the season you have to assume that City are offering him more money.

      And I imagine Dimitrijevic has had a couple of lucrative offers after the good season that he had too.

      • June 5th 2015 @ 9:44am
        scott said | June 5th 2015 @ 9:44am | ! Report

        That would be a great pick up for City if he comes down.He’s quick, hard-working, has an excellent eye for goal and is most comfortable as an out and out striker He’s still relatively young so he should continue to improve. He’s pretty much the kind of player City/Heart have been missing for the last 4 seasons.

      • June 5th 2015 @ 12:20pm
        The artist formerly known as Punter said | June 5th 2015 @ 12:20pm | ! Report

        There was talk of Dimitrijevic joining Brisbane Roar to join back up with Rado Vidosic, who was with him with Sydney at beginning of season, but now Rado gone too.

        • June 6th 2015 @ 8:21pm
          Lionheart said | June 6th 2015 @ 8:21pm | ! Report

          Roar already have an excess of young and talented midfielders, so doubt they were looking. Striker is their void.

          • June 7th 2015 @ 9:56pm
            Waz said | June 7th 2015 @ 9:56pm | ! Report

            You’re right on the need for a striker but wouldn’t Dimitrijevic make a great addition to our midfield 🙂

    • June 5th 2015 @ 9:37am
      nearpost said | June 5th 2015 @ 9:37am | ! Report

      Interesting times for Sydney FC who finally have a Coach and a squad that is progressing and final aside playing good football. How many years has that taken?

      The successful clubs suffer as the Salary Cap generally ensures players are offered better deals elsewhere and/or of course they expect more money from their current club if the do well.

      Salary Cap doesn’t reward successful coaches/clubs. Look at the overhaul Ange had at Brisbane after successful seasons.

      Guess Hoole can replace Gameiro or Ibini but has a way to go to hit their mark, but their are good signs he will.
      Antonis, will he stay, is more than adequate replacement for Dimi. And Faty in the midfield against Chelsea provides another option.

      Gerbach remains an outstanding prospect going forward but defensively he has a lot to learn – hence he missed the last 6 or so games. But again with youth on his side he should improve again next year.

      Getting rid of a Marquee who actually performs is surprising. A League top scorer showed Janko did his job better than most. But he was never the type of Marquee to bring the crowds even with his amazing first A League goal.

      Arnie has Shane Smeltz but he’s a great bench player these days. Naumoff, should improve and could take his game to a new consistent level making the loss of Gameiro and Ibini a little less.

      Sydney need two forwards. A striker, presumably Marquee, and a wide midfielder/attacker.

      Stambolziev isnt showing much other than a bench replacement – certainly not Gameiro level yet.

      And of course there maybe another youth forward, Blackwood? ready to make a mark but not yet ready to be a main player.

      With Milligan expected to leave and Vukovic signing and Khalfallah resigning for Victory and Sydney’s loss of key players
      Victory are probably ahead 3-1 at this stage of the squad rebuilding phase. Early days though and will make for an interesting off season.

      Fascinating to see what type of forward Arnie recruits?

      • June 5th 2015 @ 1:39pm
        Barto said | June 5th 2015 @ 1:39pm | ! Report

        Stambolziev has been released, he did look very average and possibly unfit during his time with the club.

        Ibini will be a huge blow for Sydney, so they definitely have to look at using one of the few overseas spots they have available to snatch up a winger. They certainly need more depth than just Hoole and Naumoff (Brosque can play out wide too but looks better in the centre as a sort of poacher).

    • June 5th 2015 @ 11:50am
      Sandy said | June 5th 2015 @ 11:50am | ! Report

      Hearing Gamiero to city is as good as done. with mc bullet to follow suit and potentially mclaren.
      if city can nail there remaining 3 visa spots, looking at a top 3 side

      • June 5th 2015 @ 12:14pm
        Realfootball said | June 5th 2015 @ 12:14pm | ! Report

        That is a formidable attack.

        Promises quite a Melbourne Derby.

        The emphasis across the board is on mobile, fast attackers. Hence Janko being let go. I never rated him very highly. A large of his goals were pens or tap ins. He wasn’t an influential player. Once he was in around the 6 yard box, fine. Apart from that, Sydney were playing with 10 men.

        • June 5th 2015 @ 12:21pm
          AZ_RBB said | June 5th 2015 @ 12:21pm | ! Report

          You mean Melbourne via Manchester Derby 😛

          • June 5th 2015 @ 1:40pm
            cm said | June 5th 2015 @ 1:40pm | ! Report

            Amusing rumour this morning suggests that it might be more accurate to call in the Manchester derby.

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        June 5th 2015 @ 4:01pm
        Kaks said | June 5th 2015 @ 4:01pm | ! Report

        That seems like a great attack on paper, i must sadly admit.

        Really worried with the lack of rumours surrounding who the Wanderers are looking at. Hopefully it just means they are conducting their work privately.

    • Roar Guru

      June 5th 2015 @ 1:33pm
      Kane Cassidy said | June 5th 2015 @ 1:33pm | ! Report

      With Nicky Carle looking set for a behind the scenes role, I think we should look for a traditional number 10 as our marquee, someone to slot in between Antonis/Tavares in midfield and Brosque/Smeltz up front with Brosque dropping into a second striker role, all we need is a good young striker for some good combos up front and a more athletic defender and I think next season will be another successful one.

    • June 5th 2015 @ 1:54pm
      Mato-Bateman said | June 5th 2015 @ 1:54pm | ! Report

      Would think the rumours of Tomi Juric could be true. Amini is officially a free agent, so he could be snapped up by Arnie.
      As far as Marquee goes, depends what Arnie wants from a Marquee. Does he want a MQ striker or midfielder. Does he want a BIG NAME Marquee to fit with the Sydney image or a Level 2-3 Marquee (Known but not exactly a big name). I’ve said it before but Niko Kranjcar could fit the bill – a Croatian International who has been capped 81 times by his country, scoring 16 goals. He is a former Tottenham and, most recently, QPR midfielder. Not exactly a big name marquee but someone with alot of experience and could make for a very strong midfield with Antonis and Taveres.

      • June 5th 2015 @ 2:23pm
        AZ_RBB said | June 5th 2015 @ 2:23pm | ! Report

        I would be amazed if Amini decides to come back to Australia. From what I’ve heard he is looking at joining a Belgian or Danish club.

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        June 5th 2015 @ 2:25pm
        Kane Cassidy said | June 5th 2015 @ 2:25pm | ! Report

        Nah Amini wants to keep going in Europe and I agree he should keep at it there, a Dutch or Belgian club would work wonders for his playing style, going back to the A-League would be too much a step back, I would hate for Sydney to be the one to do that to him.

        • June 5th 2015 @ 2:43pm
          Mato-Bateman said | June 5th 2015 @ 2:43pm | ! Report

          He has to be very careful about his next move and makes sure he gets game time. I heard Nicky Carle is gaining interest from Jets and Mariners, he definitely wants to stay close to Sydney.

    • June 5th 2015 @ 2:58pm
      AZ_RBB said | June 5th 2015 @ 2:58pm | ! Report

      Just some WSW player news.

      We’ve re-signed youth players Sotirio, Youlley and D’Cunha. This follow the re-signing of Aspro last week. All 4 are great young talents and I can see them becoming starting players in the near future. Unfortunately this means that we might need to let go of Kuzmanovski who has apparently had a good offer come his way from City.

      Aspro is arguably the most talented out of that group. Can’t wait to see what sort of improvement he makes in the next 12 months.

      Looks like Bulut has had an offer from Perth. Also, it seems like much of the supporter base wants to see a new keeper come in rather than Bouzanis be No.1. I have a feeling that had Tyson been retained the fan base would be pushing for him to become No.1.

      • June 5th 2015 @ 3:03pm
        Mato-Bateman said | June 5th 2015 @ 3:03pm | ! Report

        What keepers are available? You have Brad Jones, Nathan Coe (most likely heading to Turkey) and Mark Birighitti (been linked to Perth). Jones would probably want decent coin. Anyone else from overseas? Tyson was hard done by for sure.

        • June 5th 2015 @ 3:37pm
          Realfootball said | June 5th 2015 @ 3:37pm | ! Report

          Tyson was a fine keeper. Another player treated shabbily by Popovic.

          Personally, I’m very glad Popa isn’t coaching the Roar. He reminds me of a great looking car that runs well for a couple of years then falls apart because the engineering is rubbish. I detest the way he treats players. He could get away with it if his recruitment worked, but its been by far the worst in the League.

          Wouldn’t be surprised to see Wanderers and Perth fighting it out for the spoon next season.

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            June 5th 2015 @ 4:01pm
            Kane Cassidy said | June 5th 2015 @ 4:01pm | ! Report

            Believe me there’s nothing more I’d love but I get the feeling the club are steering themselves out of trouble and finding their land legs so to speak, they’ve just signed Scott Jameson who is a very consistent performer, they have Takahagi and Castelen who have been standouts in a dim season and as AZ mentioned they’ve just retained some good youngsters.
            Unless they get the next few signings absolutely bang on they’re not going to set the league on fire but I have a feeling they won’t be as bad next season.

            • June 6th 2015 @ 11:00am
              Mato-Bateman said | June 6th 2015 @ 11:00am | ! Report

              Hey Kane, any latest on Sydney FC goalkeeping coach situation? Think it will be Crawley from CCM? Wish Filan was available.

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                June 6th 2015 @ 9:06pm
                Kane Cassidy said | June 6th 2015 @ 9:06pm | ! Report

                That’s my pick, unless Arnold has another trick up his sleeve like a foreign coach networked from the recent friendlies or Han Berger.

      • June 5th 2015 @ 3:46pm
        Fadida said | June 5th 2015 @ 3:46pm | ! Report

        Is Kuzmanovski the step-over guy? He looks to have great technique and huge potential.

        I also rate Sortirio extremely highly. If he gets game time he’ll have a breakout season.

        • June 5th 2015 @ 4:02pm
          AZ_RBB said | June 5th 2015 @ 4:02pm | ! Report

          Yeah Kuzma-Ronaldo as I like to call him. Absolute joy to watch at times. Sotirio needs more support in midfield. Our former midfield seemed to think that hitting high long balls at a 5 foot nothing striker was a good idea.

          • June 5th 2015 @ 4:48pm
            fadida said | June 5th 2015 @ 4:48pm | ! Report

            Sortirio is better wide in a front 3. He has the potential to be an electrifying player, reminds me of Barbarousis

            • June 6th 2015 @ 9:22am
              Cliffclavin said | June 6th 2015 @ 9:22am | ! Report

              Big fan of Sotirio as well. Thought he stood out more than ikonomidis back in the young socceroos last year as well. Club football is different but I like Sotirio and he always shows commitment

      • June 6th 2015 @ 10:59am
        Mato-Bateman said | June 6th 2015 @ 10:59am | ! Report

        Would WSW fans want Rado Vidosic as assistant coach? He’s available now.

      • June 6th 2015 @ 8:28pm
        AZ_RBB said | June 6th 2015 @ 8:28pm | ! Report

        Today we let go of Takahagi and Tanaka.

        That’s now 14 players gone this off-season.

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          June 6th 2015 @ 9:09pm
          Kane Cassidy said | June 6th 2015 @ 9:09pm | ! Report

          That sucks, they were good performers I’d take Takahagi any day.

        • June 6th 2015 @ 9:19pm
          The artist formerly known as Punter said | June 6th 2015 @ 9:19pm | ! Report

          Amazing to let go, I thought they were WSW better players last year. How long can they still trust Popa. Hope he has some big plans.

          • June 6th 2015 @ 9:56pm
            AZ_RBB said | June 6th 2015 @ 9:56pm | ! Report

            Really putting his neck on the line here. Massive pressure on recruitment for next season. Needs to make at least 7 or 8 strong buys now. That’s not easy to do.

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