Socceroos transfer wrap

​The Socceroos were busy in the transfer market during the off-season. With the transfer window closing during the week we recap all the Socceroos' transfers as our players heed Ange Postecoglou’s call for regular club football.


Mat Ryan: After claiming back-to-back Goalkeeper of the Year awards in Belgium with Club Brugge Ryan was signed by Spanish powerhouse Valencia. The 23-year-old made a promising start to the season, helping his new side qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stages before cruelly suffering a knee injury.

Maty Ryan's Valencia side has drawn 1-1 in their first home La Liga game of the campaign.

Mitch Langerak: No longer content to play second fiddle at Borussia Dortmund the goalkeeper completed a move to fellow German outfit VfB Stuttgart. The former Melbourne Victory shot-stopper signed a three-year deal with the Bundesliga club but has unfortunately been sidelined by a knee injury.

Adam Federici: The experienced gloveman ended a ten year association with Reading for the lights of the English Premier League. The 30-year-old penned a three-year deal with promoted side AFC Bournemouth. 


Matthew Spiranovic: The centre-back moved to the Chinese Super League in the off-season to add some steel to Hangzhou Greentown’s defence. The 27-year-old spent two seasons at Western Sydney Wanderers and was a crucial member of their AFC Champions League winning side.

Jason Davidson: After being a peripheral figure at West Bromwich Albion last season the left fullback opted for a move to Huddersfield Town. The 23-year-old, who recently also became a father, signed a three-year deal with the Championship club.

Jason Davidson has made the move to English club Huddersfield Town.

Ivan Franjic: The right-back ended a turbulent stay at FC Torpedo Moscow in Russia by returning home to play for Melbourne City. Franjic, who previously played for Victorian clubs St Albans Saints, Melbourne Knights and Oakleigh Cannons, penned a three-year deal with the club.


Massimo Luongo: The livewire midfielder was tipped to step up to the Premier League after a break-out season for Swindon Town in England’s League One. Instead the 22-year-old linked with former mentor Chris Ramsey at Queens Park Rangers, signing a three-year deal with the Championship club.

Mark Milligan: The midfield metronome signed off from Melbourne Victory on a high, leading his former club to the double in last season’s Hyundai A-League. After three years  with the Big V Milligan joined Bani Yas in the UAE’s Arabian Gulf League.

Oliver Bozanic: Reigning A-League champions Victory have made Bozanic their Aussie marquee as he departed Swiss club Luzern. An ideal replacement for Milligan, the midfielder has signed a three-year deal.

Oliver Bozanic in the Socceroos' match against FYR Macedonia in Skopje.

James Troisi: Australia’s Asian Cup hero became a free agent at the end of last season after Troisi parted ways with Italian giants Juventus. The 27-year-old has since landed in Saudi Arabia where he’ll play for Jeddah-based outfit Ittihad FC.

Daniel De Silva: The prodigious talent endured an uncertain off-season after his move to AS Roma failed to materalise despite being part of their pre-season tour Down Under. Instead the former Perth Glory star will spend the next two seasons in the Netherlands with Roda JC.

Ben Halloran: The midfielder found a new home in Germany signing with Heidenheim in the second tier after two seasons with fellow Bundesliga2 outfit Fortuna Dusseldorf. The former Brisbane Roar attacker scored eight goals in 37 appearances over the past two league seasons.

James Holland: The former Newcastle Jets midfielder joined the Aussie contingent in Germany signing with 2.Bundesliga club MSV Duisburg. The 26-year-old spent the past four seasons with Austria Wien where he won the Austrian Bundesliga title in 2012-13. 

James Holland in action for the Socceroos.

Josh Brilliante: The 22-year-old started the year on loan at Empoli from fellow Italian club Fiorentina but is set to spend the campaign at second tier club Calcio Como. 

Socceroos’ latest FIFA ranking


Tomi Juric: The striker stewed over his next move for most of the off-season after being released by the Western Sydney Wanderers. The 24-year-old finally decided on Dutch club Roda JC, fulfilling his dream of playing in Europe as he seeks to remain in the Socceroos fold.

Nathan Burns: Last season’s Hyundai A-League Player of the Year joined J-League powerhouse FC Tokyo. The 27-year-old had previously played in Greece and Korea Republic before cementing himself in the Socceroos squad with a dazzling season for Wellington Phoenix.

Robbie Kruse: The flying forward joined Vfb Stuttgart on a season-long loan from fellow Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen on deadline day. The 26-year-old is currently working his way back to full fitness after suffering a serious ankle injury in the Asian Cup final, with the move set to guarantee more game time.

Robbie Kruse celebrates scoring against Oman with teammate Mathew Leckie.

Tommy Oar: The 23-year-old became a free agent at the end of last season after deciding not to extend his stay with FC Utrecht. The former Brisbane Roar livewire has recently signed with English Championship side Ipswich Town following five seasons in the Eredivisie.

Adam Taggart: The former Newcastle Jets striker looked to be back in the fold at Fulham after a good off-season but he's taken up a loan deal with Dundee United where he links up with fellow World Cup Socceroo Ryan McGowan.