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A-League transfers begin in ernest

Youssouf Hersi in Western Sydney training
Youssouf Hersi in Western Sydney training
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The silly season has begun in the A-League with three major moves coming on Monday and Tuesday as two players were released from Newcastle Jets, Youssouf Hersi left Western Sydney for Perth Glory and, surprisingly, Carlos Hernandez was released from Wellington Phoenix.

Newcastle Jets released Connor Chapman and James Brown after their season ended in disappointment, but rumours abound about the two joining Melbourne Heart as part of the Melbourne City revolution.

They would hardly seem to be the two players associated with the name Manchester City as both players struggled to have game time in 2013-14.

Melbourne Heart have made one signing in the current off season, Aaron Mooy is much more associated with that name as Western Sydney lost another player.

Hersi has been a vital player for Western Sydney, since being brought in for their inaugural season and proving useful in sending the club to two Grand Finals.

The Dutch attacker will not be linking with Perth straight away as he will be continuing to assist Western Sydney Wanderers in their Asian Champions League campaign, which could end on Wednesday/

The move to Perth shows the intent of the Glory as they look to get back to their former NSL high period as they look to bolster their attack.

Perth Glory CEO, Jason Brewer, hinted in the press release making the announcement that there will be some more big signings coming to the club.

Tuesday was a mixed bag for Carlos Hernandez as he saw his career take two steps in two different directions on the same day.

The morning began with Hernandez being selected for the preliminary Costa Rica squad for the 2014 World Cup, a high note for Hernandez’s career as he has enjoyed a good run in the Costa Rican side as of late.

But after that news the story broke that Wellington had released Hernandez from his contract in a surprising decision after a solid, if not the best of his career, season.

The move will likely make Hernandez the hottest free agent in the A-League and speculation will continue to grow as to where the player could end up.

The main reason for the club releasing Hernandez was his struggle to settle in Wellington, with it taking a long time to bring his family to the city and as a result, Hernandez requested a release and as such the club honored the request.

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