We've seen some pretty impressive signings across the Hyundai A-League in July. We've picked out our top five so far.
Massimo Maccarone – Brisbane Roar
Forget the fact this guy is 37, Maccarone is in excellent condition and is a genuine goal-scorer.
Any player who can still cut it in Serie A as early as last season has got the goods.
In a Roar team that loves to attack and be proactive, the man known as ‘Big Mac’ could have John Aloisi’s side tasting Hyundai A-League glory.
Mark Bridge – Western Sydney Wanderers
When it comes to players who have helped forged the Wanderers’ immediate success as a club, no one has arguably contributed more than bridge.
From scoring the club’s first-ever goal to winning the ACL and making three Hyundai A-League grand finals, Bridge is a firm fan favourite at ‘Wanderland’.
Back in Red and Black after a season in Thailand, the 31-year-old could make the Wanderers contenders again on the 2017/18 Season.
Iacopo La Rocca – Melbourne City
If there was one factor to why Melbourne City struggled to go all the way last season, it was the fact they conceded too many goals too easily.
And in the rugged Italian centre-back, City should be able to rectify that issue in 2017/18.
With Bruno, Timmy an co. doing their thing up front, if La Rocca and fellow import Michael Jakobsen can strike up a strong partnership, City’s defence has a much more formidable look about it.
Ersan Gulum – Adelaide United
The Turkish international is part of Marco Kurz’s rebuild of the Reds and will provide massive quality and experience.
Australian-born Gulum – on a season-long loan from Chinese side Hebei China Fortune, has enjoyed a long career at one of Turkey’s biggest clubs in Beşiktas.
A winner and someone who will lead by example, Gulum could be a big hit for the Reds.
Daniel De Silva – Central Coast Mariners
We’ve already had a small taste of what De Silva can produce in the Hyundai A-League during his time at Perth Glory.
Now back in Australia and at the Mariners, the classy playmaker is a more mature and well-rounded player after his stint in the Netherlands with Roda JC.
Which is wonderful news for coach Paul Okon, as the new-look Mariners look to get back to playing finals football this season.