I hadn't seen this reported. But the A-League site has a list of comings and goings to-date, and has Fred as released to DC United in the USA. In my view, Fred was the version 2 player of the year. His play making ability, and some of his dives, got Melbourne to the top of the league. He was particularly important early on in the season. To not be a marquee player and for Melbourne to have such a good squad under the cap, he was clearly under-paid. Perhaps the best deal ever done in the A-League. So I guess it makes sense that someone would pay up for him. Interesting though, even on grand final night he was telling the fans he loved them and wanted to stay. That's the way it goes I guess. Evens up version 3.
Also, Jets top performer Milton Rodriguez has returned to Colombia. Got to be a blow for the Jets. Milton such an impact in his first run as a sub against Sydney when he scored twice to pull a critical draw. Ummm, Newcastle will struggle to replace him.
Not surprisingly given Ron Smith's background, Perth have picked up a swag of Australians from non-A-League teams. The Roar tried this in version 1 and it didn't work. And, in a major move, Nikolai Topor-Stanley from Sydney. Surprise that one (after the Asian Cup). Sydney have picked up Noel Spencer (Central Coast Mariners) and Luka Glavas (Perth Glory) - among others.
Roar have lost 4 and gained 4. So who else is Frank to release? He is again sending signals more players are to come. Not sure that a plus has been achieved yet. Depends how good Tiatto is (Alpha magazine is making fun of him - not that that means much). Come-on Roar. Find a Fred. PS unfortunately, I don't think he is playing in the Brisbane Premier League.