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Australian Football: Five players to look out for in the A-League season

The new 2022/23 A-League season is fast approaching and the competition will be blessed with some talented players following a busy off-season in the transfer market.

The A-League is never short of players that can put the supporters on the edge of their seats and it will be no different in the new campaign.

There is still time for the A-League clubs to bring in new players before the season gets underway on 7th October, but some top ones have arrived already and will be looking to hit the ground running.

And while some talented stars have moved on elsewhere, some have remained, which means A-League supporters should be in for a treat in the season ahead.

So let’s narrow it down a bit by taking a look at the top five players who should star in the season ahead.

Nani  (Melbourne Victory)

The capture of the former Manchester United star has to go down as the biggest signing of the off-season so far.

Not only should the Victory fans be excited, but also anyone who loves the A-League and watching good entertaining soccer.

The former Manchester United star is still just 35 and has agreed a deal that will see him spend the next two A-League campaigns with Tony Popovic’s side.

Nani won four Premier League title’s during his time with United and has 112 caps for Portugal. He has also played for Sporting Lisbon and Fenerbahce.

The winger has chipped in with his fair share of goals throughout his career, but it’s his creativity that is his strongest point and he should rip it up in the A-League.

Definitely a player that should excite this season.

Charlie Austin (Brisbane Roar)

The signing of Austin is another huge coup for the Brisbane Roar and the A-League in general and he is sure to bring excitement and goals to the competition.

Austin has played at the highest level England, scoring goals wherever he has been and has a great chance of getting a bag full during his time in the A-League.

Austin made 111 appearances in the Premier League, scoring 34 goals. He spent last season in the Championship with Queens Park Rangers and managed to play 34 games, scoring five goals in the process.

In total Austin has scored 173 senior league and cup goals throughout his career.

He is still a very good age at 32 and the fact he had a full season with QPR last season means he will be fit and ready to hit the ground running.

Joe Lolley (Sydney FC)

Experienced winger Lolley is another player to keep an eye on after Sydney FC snapped him up from English Premier League side Nottingham Forest on a two-year deal.

The 29-year-old was crowned the club’s player of the year two years ago and then helped them win promotion from the Championship to the Premier League last season.

Lolley scored 26 goals and provided 27 assists during his time at Forest and looks set to terrorise opposition defences in the A-League this season.

He is a player that also gives his all every game and is sure to be a favourite of the Sky Blues supporters over the next couple of seasons.

Jamie Maclaren (Melbourne City)

The Socceroos striker scores goals for fun in the A-League and the 2022/23 season will be no different as he spearheads the City attack.

In the 2021/22 A-League season he fired home 15 goals in 24 appearances as City won the minor premiership. The season before he scored 25 goals as Patrick Kisnorbo’s side went on to win the double.

The 29-year-old will be a huge threat again this season and will be supported by fellow Socceroos international Mathew Leckie. 

Jason Cummings (Central Coast Mariners)

Cummings was a revelation when he joined the Mariners from Scottish outfit Dundee in January 2022.

The 27-year-old went on to score 10 goals in 20 appearances and he also provided another six assists as Central Coast went on to secure a place in finals.

With a full pre-season with the Mariners under his belt it will be very interesting to see what the striker can do in the season ahead. He is a natural goalscorer and should flourish once again.

Cummings is eligible to play for the Socceroos and Mariners coach Nick Montgomery is at a loss as to why Graham Arnold has not called him to his squad ahead of the World Cup.

Maybe a strong start to the A-League season could help change his mind.

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