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sport news A-League: Five exciting signings to watch out for this season trends now
sport news A-League: Five exciting signings to watch out for this season trends now

sport news A-League: Five exciting signings to watch out for this season trends now

The new A-League season is just around the corner and with it comes a legion of shiny new signing for fans across the country to fawn over.

Long regarded as one of a handful of retirement homes for elite footballers seeking one final payday, there has been a concerted effort to rubbish that preconception and the league has flourished thanks to the arrival of players not yet over the hill.

And these five foreign imports will be hoping to continue that trend and make their mark on the competition.   

The A-League returns tonight and there are plenty of new signings to get excited about

The A-League returns tonight and there are plenty of new signings to get excited about

Nani

Not since Alessandro del Piero touched down in Sydney has a player of Nani's stature graced the A-League. 

The Portuguese wizard lifted four Premier League titles, two League Cups and the Champions League during his trophy-laden spell at Manchester United, where he played an integral role alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney under Sir Alex Ferguson's watchful eye. 

Nani is the most high-profile A-League arrival since Alesandro del Piero moved to Sydney

Nani is the most high-profile A-League arrival since Alesandro del Piero moved to Sydney

The former Manchester United star was superb for Orlando and will hope for more of the same

The former Manchester United star was superb for Orlando and will hope for more of the same

It will be that sort of experience that Tony Popovic will lean on this campaign, after his side narrowly missed out on the minor premiership to arch rivals City, before crashing out of the finals to Western United with a 4-1 defeat at home.

But make no mistake, Nani can certainly offer plenty more than a wise voice in the dressing room. The Portuguese lit up MLS during his two-year stay with Orlando, scoring 28 goals in 77 games, and will hope that his ill-fated spell at Venezia was merely a blip.

'From what I have seen, the fans in Melbourne are not only the best in the league but they rival the atmosphere in Europe and I'm looking forward to being a part of that on the field in a Victory shirt and playing for them this season,' Nani said. 

Charlie Austin

Given his exceptional record at Championship level, Charlie Austin's decision to ditch the second tier for the A-League came as a surprise to fans in Blighty. 

The 33-year-old striker failed to make enough appearances to trigger a contract extension at QPR, resulting in his Loftus Road exit, but he still has the ability to do a job for a number of sides at that level.

Charlie Austin scored plenty of goals in England and will try to maintain that trend in Australia

Charlie Austin scored plenty of goals in England and will try to maintain that trend in Australia

But the EFL's loss is Brisbane's gain, who have tied the Englishman down to a 'multi-year' deal after he was convinced by the Roar's coach, Warren Moon, to make the move overseas.

'To play abroad is something I've always wanted to do and when the opportunity came up to join this club I was looking to explore it,' Austin said. 

'I want to help the club get back into the top six and on a personal note score as many goals as possible.' 

Joe Lolley

In football, things can change quickly. Over the pre-season break, Joe Lolley was preparing for a career-defining step up to the Premier League, having helped Nottingham Forest finally return to the upper echelons of English

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