Newcastle Jets and Adelaide United managed to make some notable signings on Friday as the Jets picked up Adrian Madaschi and Joshua Barresi, while Adelaide United were able to bring Dylan McGowan back to the A-League.
For Madaschi it is a return to the A-League as he comes back from Jeju United in the K-League, who released him at the end of the K-League season, sending him to the Football West Premier League club, Perth SC, his original club.
That short stint with Perth SC was enough for the Jets to swoop and pick up Madaschi on a cheap transfer to bolster their side, after Madaschi initially joined Perth SC due to a reported lack of interest from A-League clubs.
After a disappointing end to his career in Korea, Madaschi will welcome the return to the A-League and should prove vital for the Jets with experience at the back having five Socceroos caps.
Barresi remains in New South Wales, joining the Jets from Western Sydney Wanderers where he was a star for their National Youth League side and rose through the ranks to strike the attention of Phil Stubbins.
The signing marks a reunion for Barresi and Stubbins after Stubbins had previously coached the young Barresi in his role at the Australian Institute of Sport.
Adelaide United struck a coup as they managed to pick up Dylan McGowan, swooping to gain him on a free transfer after being released from Hearts.
Playing for Hearts in 2013-14 he suffered under the financial crisis that has hit Hearts, and much of Scottish Football, with Hearts suffering relegation and letting a number of their stars, including McGowan, go allowing Adelaide to pick up McGowan on a free.
The move represents a home coming for McGowan, who hails from Adelaide, and plays for his home town club for the first time in his career.
For McGowan the decision came as a result of the improved standard in the A-League, which he claims is now better than the Scottish Premier League.