There is quite a large number of players nearing the end of their contracts, with the total number coming to 134, which in comparison to other leagues is extraordinarily high.
Whilst there are A-league stalwarts and star players, a good amount of young talent is still out of contract, which will have rival clubs circling as well as possible overseas suitors.
We look at each clubs out of contract players and who should stay and who should go.
Johan Absalonsen, Tarek Elrich, Jordan Elsey, Benjamin Garuccio, Vince Lia, Mark Ochieng, Jordan O’Doherty and Isaac Richards
Whilst it’s still early days in the season, Adelaide United are looking like they will play finals football despite a number of setbacks such as the signing and near instant departure of marquee signing Karim Matmour.
New man Johan Absalonsen will need to find some form if he is to get a new contract whilst Vince Lia will look to go around again. Jordan Elsey has been a stalwart at the back featuring in all games this year, so it will be no surprises if he gets another contract.
On the chopping block will be Benjamin Garuccio who was a regular in the United lineup but since two consecutive red cards could be enough for Adelaide to not offer him a contract which other clubs are hopeful of.
Jordan O’Doherty has only made two appearances off the bench with the last being in round four, and Mark Ochieng could be replaced after he has only made one start this season. Tarek Elrich, who has spent the last few seasons at the Reds, has not yet made an appearance this season with his Adelaide future very much in doubt.
Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Daniel Bowles, Corey Brown, Nicholas D’Agostino, Ivan Franjic, Corey Gameiro, Jack Hingert, Brett Holman, Massimo Maccarone, Emilio Martinez, Matthew McKay, Jade North, Connor O’Toole, Mitchell Oxborrow, Jacob Pepper, Petros Skapetis, Michael Theo, Brendan White and Jamie Young
In a pretty average season for the Roar, they have one of the largest list of players nearing the end of their contract.
Ivan Franjic, Brett Holman and Jamie Young will all be hot property so if they are to stay at the Roar contract talks will be set to get underway as soon as possible.
Brisbane also have a good contingent of young players they’d like to keep a hold of such as Nicholas D’Agostino, Connor O’Toole, Mitchell Oxborrow and Peter Skapetis. Whilst it is still unknown if veteran Matt McKay will go around again but if he does its likely Brisbane will offer him a contract.
Potential departures however include Italian marquee man Massimo Maccarone who is likely to hang the boots up on an illustrious career.
Corey Gameiro could be a facing the door after failing to live up to his potential, Emilio Martinez also could see his Roar career cut short after not making his debut.
Jack Hingert could be replaced if something better comes on the radar for the Roar, Hingert currently takes up a foreigner spot on the list which could be used for someone of higher talent.
Veteran goalkeeper Michael Theo also could call time on his career after failing to break into the first team.
Central Coast Mariners
Kwabena Appiah-Kubi, Harry Ascroft, Josh Bingham, Antony Golec, Ben Kennedy, Jake McGing, Asdrubal Padron, Connor Pain, Adam Pearce, Blake Powell, Joshua Rose, Liam Rose and Kye Rowles.
At the forefront of the Mariners’ mind would be to keep a most of this squad together with some minor tweaks.
Conor Pain and hot prospect Liam Rose will be on the radar of most rival clubs and for Rose, a potentially suitor overseas awaits.
New signings Antony Golec and first choice keeper Ben Kennedy should be rewarded with new contracts whilst youth product Jake McGing has done enough to continue his career as a Mariner as well as 19-year-old Kye Rowles.
Kwabena Appiah-Kubi has impressed Central Coast fans since signing from Wellington so they will be hopeful he puts pen to paper on a new deal as well as Spaniard Asdrubal.
Josh Bingham may look to force a move away in order to gain more first team football, making just five appearances so far. It is also likely that Harry Ascroft will be a departure after failing to make an appearance so far.
One question is whether Central Coast veteran Joshua Rose will go around again, at the ripe age of 36 it may be likely that the Mariners won’t even offer him a contract.
Daniel Arzani, Marcelo Carrusca, Braedyn Crowley, James Delianov, Nick Fitzgerald, Michael Jakobsen, Bruce Kamau, Neil Kilkenny, Osama Malik, Emmanuel Muscat and Ruon Tongyik
With hot prospect Daniel Arzani coming out of contract either Melbourne City will need to secure his signature or he will look to secure a move overseas. Other names that City will look to resign are Dane Michael Jakobsen, fan-favourite Bruce Kamau, Nick Fitzgerald and 20-year-old Ruon Tongyik who if aren’t resigned will have a number of suitors lining up for their services. Osama Malik will also look at resigning after taking part in all but one game this season.
Whilst during this season City have undergone some form of restructure with players such as Tim Cahill and Fernando Brandan already departing it is likely that Neil Kilkenny could be shown the door.
Manny Muscat’s career is up in the air but if City find a suitable replacement Muscat’s City career could come to an end.
The other potential out is Marcelo Carrusca who has only made three appearances since signing for City, a good signing for a team needing a bit of experience off the bench.
Matthew Acton, Mitchell Austin, Leigh Broxham, James Donachie, Leroy George, Joshua Hope, Cameron McGilp. Mark Milligan, Stefan Nigro, Matias Sanchez, Christian Theoharous, Lawrence Thomas, Carl Valeri and Pierce Waring
Melbourne Victory are the club with the biggest names coming out of contract headlined by Socceroo Mark Milligan, who just re-signed at the start of the season and Victory are hopefull he will sign another contract.
Club captain Carl Valeri will also look to be re-signed, whilst fans are hopeful star signing Leroy George continues his stay in Australia.
Stefan Nigro will be one that Victory look to keep a hold of unless an overseas move shows itself.
First choice goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas and defender James Donachie will also have no qualms in going again for the victory. Youth prospects Joshua Hope, Christian Theoharous and Pierce Waring will hope to be offered new contracts.
Even though he is at the age of 29, veteran Leigh Broxham will be hoping to get another contract by the Victory to maintain being a one-club player.
Matias Sanchez could find himself having a short stay at the Victory after failing to find his rhythm this season. After falling to a season ending ACL injury, Mitch Austin could find himself not getting another contract with poor performances being at the forefront of the decision.
Daniel Alessi, Nigel Boogaard, Antonee Burke-Gilroy, Devante Clut, Nicholas Cowburn, Jack Duncan, Jason Hoffman, Ben Kantarovski, Mark Moric, Glen Moss, Ivan Necevski, Kosta Petratos and Ronald Vargas
Despite falling to a season ending injury the Newcastle Jets will be hopefull of resigning Ronald Vargas, who has plenty to offer when fit. Changes won’t be at the forefront of the Jets management’s mind after their dream season and players like Ivan Necevski, Nigel Boogard, Jack Duncan and Kosta Petratos will all look to re-sign.
Ben Kantarovski will be on the radar of an A-League rival as they will look to beat the Jets to his signature. Jets stalwart and championship winner Jason Hoffman will also be a name that the Jets look to re-sign as they look to build on this impressive season.
Potential departures include 20-year-old Daniel Alessi who will look to move on with his career after failing to break into the first team whilst goalkeeper Glen Moss will also look to depart in order to gain first team football.
Diego Castro, Joel Chianese, Nicholas Feely, Alexander Grant, Andreu, Chris Harold, Joseph Knowles, Shane Lowry, Joseph Mills, Mitch Nichols, Daniel Stynes, Adam Taggart, Callum Timmins, Xavi Torres, Riley Warland, Marc Warren and Brandon Wilson
The Glory have been mediocre to say the least to start this season off and changes may be afoot. They will look to retain star man Diego Castro who is up there with the best in the league as well as fend off suitors for players such as Xavi Torres, Adam Taggart, Chris Harold and Brandon Wilson.
Two other potential names that could look to extend their stay in the west will be Joel Chianese and Shane Lowry.
Perth are probably due for a reshuffle of names with players like Riley Warland, Marc Warren and Alexander Grant to potentially be shown the door.
Mitch Nichols may have overstayed his welcome as the Glory may look to move him on and find a replacement whilst Spanish import Andreu could be replaced for a more improved international.
Alex Brosque, Jordy Buijs, David Carney, Bobo, Charles Lokoli Ngoy, Milos Ninkovic, Andrew Redmayne, Matthew Simon, Alex Wilkinson, Michael Zullo, Christopher Zuvela
While the list of players coming out of contract players looks small the names are quite large.
Star players Bobo and Alex Wilkinson have been key parts in the Sky Blues’ success so they must do everything the can to keep a hold of the pair while a similar plan is needed to keep a hold of Milos Ninkovic who is arguably the league’s best player.
David Carney and youth product Chris Zuvela will also hope for new contracts. Sydney also won’t have any hesitations in resigning Jordy Buijs who has been very impressive this season.
Alex Brosque is faced by the retirement cloud but if he wants to go again Sydney will have no qualms after his impressive form off the bench.
Andrew Redmayne may be shown the door if they can improve on the goalkeeper position and veteran striker Matt Simon could also be on the chopping block following a lack of standout performances.
Andrew Durante, Scott Galloway, Lewis Italiano, Andrija Kaluderovic, Roy Krishna, James McGarry, Michael McGlinchey, Daniel Mullen, Goran Paracki, Matthew Ridenton, Logan Rogerson, Marco Rossi and Alex Rufer
With the Wellington Phoenix destined for a last place finish, it is likely that they will try to only re-sign big names players such as Andrew Durante, Roy Krishna, Michael McGlinchey, and Andrija Kaluderovic who is the league’s leading scorer.
Whether these players will want to go around again in Wellington is another thing, for example Roy Krishna may want to try his worth at another club and potentially win silverware.
Due to a much needed reshuffle players like Lewis Italiano, James McGarry, Daniel Mullen and Goran Pandecki could be shown the door whilst players like Marco Rossi, Alex Rufer and Scott Galloway are a 50/50 chance to be re-signed, even though there are some good players among the list of potential outs its needed in order for the Phoenix not to be constant cellar dwellers.
Western Sydney Wanderers
Jonathan Aspropotamitis, Alvaro Cejudo Carmona, Jack Clisby, Robert Cornthwaite, Vedran Janjetovic, Jumpei Kusukami, Raul Llorente Raposo, Steven Lustica, Jacob Melling, Brendon Santalab, Nicholas Suman, Michael Thwaite and Jerrad Tyson
Whilst the Wanderers have been quite lackluster in their start to the season the quality among the Wanderers is there. They will look to resign Spanish duo in goal machine Alvaro Cejudo and impressive attacking full back Raul Llorente, while first choice goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic and no fuss defender Robert Cornthwaite will also be priorities.
First team regulars Nicholas Surman, Michael Thwaite and Brendon Santalab are all also very likely to be offered a contract by the Wanderers.
In terms of departures, as long as the Wanderers keep their core together but make some minor tweaks to their list they can be championship contenders, but in order to do this players such as Jack Clisby, Jonathan Aspropotamitis and Jacob Melling could in fact be shown the door.