Caltex Socceroos transfer window update

New faces, players returning to the national team fold and a core group of established stars – Ange Postecoglou’s latest Caltex Socceroos squad has it all.
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With so much transfer action happening, we round up the latest moves involving our Caltex Socceroos.

Mat Ryan

Transfer details: loan

Moved from Valencia in Spain to Belgian club KRC Genk on loan until the end of this season.


Having made just two appearances for the La Liga club this season, Ryan returns to the country where his European club career took off atClub Brugge. Has already made his debut for Genk in the Belgium Cup overnight and should get plenty of game action leading into March’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and UAE.

Bailey Wright

Transfer details: permanent 

Made the permanent move from Preston North End to fellow Championship club Bristol City on a two-and-a-half year deal.


With his contract almost up at Preston, the tough-tackling centre-back decided to leave the club after seven years and more than 200 appearances. Wright has not only slotted straight into Bristol’s defence but has been made the club’s skipper.

Trent Sainsbury

Transfer details: loan

Signed a short-term loan deal with Italian giants Inter Milan from Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning.


The change to the import quota rules in China meant the 25-year-old was no longer a certain starter at Jiangsu. With both Inter and Jiangsu sharing the same owners, a deal was struck for Sainsbury to join the Serie A club after previously spending one-and-a-half season in the Eredivisie with PEC Zwolle.

Milos Degenek

Transfer details: permanent

Moved from German club 1860 Munich to Yokohama F. Marinos in the J.League on a two-year deal.


Out of favour with his Bundesliga 2 side, the 22-year-old consulted Caltex Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou before making the switch and has already started training ahead of the J.League start on February 25.

Robbie Kruse

Transfer details: permanent 

Signed a permanent deal with CSL club Liaoning Whowin from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen.

Another looking for regular game time, Kruse joined the growing list of stars to make the move from Europe to China after making just two appearances for Leverkusen this season. The 28-year-old winger will relish getting more minutes under his belt leading into March’s qualifiers.

James Holland

Transfer details: permanent

Joined CSL outfit Liaoning Whowin from Hyundai A-League champions Adelaide United

Despite being a regular with the Reds in the A-League, the 27-year-old midfielder opted for a fresh Asian adventure. Is now one of four Aussies still on the books of Liaoning along with Kruse, Michael Thwaite and Dario Vidosic, although the latter is reportedly close to a move to Korean side Pohang Steelers.


Ryan McGowan

Still on the lookout for a new club after leaving CSL side Henan Jianye.

The versatile defender has yet to confirm his next move after leaving Henan following one season with the club. There have been reports of a possible move back to Scotland with Hearts – where he played from 2008 to '13 – but nothing has been finalised.

Tomi Juric

The striker has been linked with a move to the Championship with Reading, after his club FC Luzern confirmed they received a lucrative offer from the English club.

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