On the move: The January transfers involving our Subway Socceroos and Olyroos

With the January transfer window slamming shut here is a recap of all the Subway Socceroos and Subway Olyroos who completed moves in January.

In total, there were nine players who joined new clubs last month.

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Joe Gauci: Adelaide United to Aston Villa

The Subway Socceroos goalkeeper completed a deadline-day move to English Premier League side Aston Villa from Adelaide United for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old has joined the Birmingham-based club after reportedly agreeing to a four-and-a-half-year contract and continues his development under the stewardship of respected boss Unai Emery.

Gauci follows in the footsteps of notable former Socceroos Mark Bosnich, Mile Jedinak and Brett Holman to have plied their trade with the Villans.

The gloveman has two senior caps to his name after debuting against Ecuador in a friendly back in March 2023 but was initially called up as a train-on player a year earlier at the age of 21. 


Aziz Behich: Melbourne City to Al-Nassr (on loan)

The Subway Socceroos left-back joined Saudi Pro League side Al-Nassr on loan until the end of the 2023/24 season following the conclusion of the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023™.

The 33-year-old played every minute of the Socceroos' five matches in the tournament and his impressive form caught the eye of the team, led by superstar Cristiano Ronaldo who lie in second place on the ladder.

Behich returned to the Isuzu UTE A-League with Melbourne City on a two-year contract in August last year after a decade abroad in Europe, and will now embark on a new journey.


Marco Tilio: Celtic FC to Melbourne City (on loan)

The Subway Socceroos winger returned to Melbourne City on loan for the remainder of the 2023/24 season from Celtic FC.

Tilio left City for the Scottish giants in June last year in a record-breaking transfer, but injury largely restricted his playing time to just two cameo appearances in the league.

Tilio will be looking to rediscover the form that saw him record 20 goals and 19 assists during a three-year stint with City where he won three consecutive premierships and a championship.

Ajdin Hrustic: Hellas Verona to Heracles Almelo

On the final day of the January transfer window, the Socceroos midfielder joined Eredivisie side Heracles Almelo from Hellas Verona until the summer of 2024.

The 27-year-old is no stranger to the Eredivisie, having made his professional debut for FC Groningen where he played a total of 75 matches before stints with Eintracht Frankfurt and Verona.

Hrustic has made 24 appearances for the Socceroos and was a member of the 2022 World Cup squad in Qatar.

He was an unused substitute in Almelo's 3-1 loss to NEC last weekend. 

Fran Karacic: free agent to NK Rudes 

The right-back has joined NK Rudes in the Croatian SuperSport HNL after being a free agent since last summer.

Karacic most recently played for Brescia in Italy's Serie B where he made 54 appearances before his side suffered relegation and he parted ways with the club.

The 27-year-old has 12 caps for the Socceroos and was a member of the 2022 World Cup squad where he made two appearances. 

NK Rudes current sit last in the league however Karacic has 129 appearances in the top tier of Croatian football having started his professional career with Lokomotiva and the club will need all of his experience to help them climb the ladder.


James Jeggo: Hibernian FC to Melbourne City

The Socceroos midfielder joined Melbourne City from Scottish Premiership team Hibernian FC on a two-year deal through to the end of the 2024/25 season with an option to extend until the 2025/26 season.

Jeggo has 15 caps for the Socceroos and brings a wealth of experience to City, having spent the past eight seasons abroad in Austria, Belgium, Greece, and most recently with Hibernian in Scotland.

The 31-year-old is no stranger to the A-Leagues, having played for Victory and Adelaide before moving to Europe in 2016.

He came off the bench in the 72nd minute in a 4-2 loss to Perth Glory last weekend to make his City debut. 

Kenny Dougall: Blackpool FC to Buriram United

After three-and-a-half seasons with the Tangerines, the holding midfielder signed with Thai League 1 side Buriram United for an undisclosed fee and links up with fellow Australian an caretaker boss, Arthur Papas.

Dougall, 30, accumulated over 140 appearances with Blackpool and his impressive form coincided with a Socceroos call-up in May 2021 and he went on to collect five caps between that year and 2022.

Buriram are the reigning champions and currently occupy second spot this season, four points behind Bangkok United.

Nectarios Triantis: Sunderland AFC to Hibernian FC (on loan)

The Olyroos defender has joined Hibernian on loan for the rest of the season from Sunderland AFC. 

The 20-year-old joined Sunderland in the summer but has spent more time in the youth set-up than with the first team and will be looking for more playing time in Scotland. He has been a regular, though, in the Black Cats’ matchday squad.

Triantis links up with former Central Coast Mariners boss Nick Montgomery, meaning he is likely to get a good run of games in the SPL.

He made his Hibs debut in a 3-0 loss to St Mirren last weekend.

Alexandar Popovic: Adelaide United to Gwangju FC

Centre-back and recent Olyroos call up Alexandar Popovic joined K1 League side Gwangju FC from Adelaide United.

Popovic joined the Reds in 2021, making a total of 45 appearances during his three years with his boyhood club.

He is the latest player off Adelaide’s impressive production line to earn a move abroad, following the likes of Nestory Irankunda (Bayern Munich) and Steven Hall (Brighton) in recent times.

Steven Hall: Adelaide United to Brighton & Hove Albion FC

The Olyroo and Young Socceroos goalkeeper joined Brighton & Hove Albion FC from Adelaide United for an undisclosed fee and will initially link up with the Under 21s.

The 19-year-old signed a contract that runs until June 2027, where he be a valuable member of Albion's eight goalkeepers across their development and first-team squads.

Hall joined the Reds in the 2021/22 season, making a total of four appearances in the senior side where he became the youngest goalkeeper to make their debut in the Isuzu UTE A-League when he was substituted on at 16 years and 350 days.

Joshua Rawlins: FC Utrecht to Perth Glory (on loan)

The Olyroos defender has rejoined Perth Glory for the remainder of the 2023-24 A-League Men’s season.

Rawlins signed a long-term contract with Eredivisie side FC Utrecht in 2022 and made 24 appearances for their youth side before returning to his hometown club, Perth. 

The 19-year-old started his career with the Glory, making 26 appearances for the NPL side before breaking into the first team and playing 34 times. 

Rawlins was an unused substitute in the Glory's 4-2 win over Melbourne City last weekend as he readapts to life in the A-League.

Tyrese Francois: Fulham FC to Vejle Boldklub (on loan)

The Olyroos midfielder has been loaned from Premier League side Fulham to Danish club Vejle for the rest of the season.

The 23-year-old had not made an appearance for Fulham this season. He made 12 appearances for HNK Gorica on loan last season before being recalled in February.

Keegan Jelacic: Gent to Brisbane Roar (on loan)

The Olyroos midfielder signed with Brisbane on a loan for the remainder of the season from Belgian club Gent, having previously played with Roar in 2021.

It is the 21-year-old's second loan away from Gent for the 2023-24 season, following a stint at Norwegian club Stabæk Fotball.

Jelacic earned his move to Gent after a breakout 2022-23 campaign at Perth Glory, where he made 22 league appearances for Perth, scored two goals, and notched four assists.

He made his return to the A-League in a 3-1 loss to Macarthur two weeks ago but received a straight red cards moments after coming off the bench. 

Franco Lino: Melbourne Victory to Viking FK

Talented Melbourne Victory defender Franco Lino has joined Norwegian side Viking FK for an undisclosed fee ahead of the new Elitesirien season.

The 18-year-old was involved in the Australia U-18 camp in Portugal last June, as well as the Marbella Week of Football tournament in Spain back in October and went on to make his senior debut for Victory.

Lino joined Victory Academy as a 12-year-old, working his way through the Club’s junior sides before being signed to a scholarship contract at the beginning of the 2023/24 pre-season and will now link up with fellow Socceroos Nick D'Agostino, Patrick Yazbek and Gianni Stensness.