It may not be new news for Reds fans, but the club have confirmed another five departures, including senior figures, as the 2017/18 A-League contract window grinds to a close.
Daniel Adlung, Ersan Gulum, Jordan O'Doherty, Mark Ochieng and Dzengis Cavusevic will all leave the South Australian club, in addition to the earlier losses of Johan Absalonsen and Tarek Elrich.
The departures, particularly of multiple senior imports, leave another tricky season ahead for Marco Kurz.
The German coach will have a full offseason and recruitment period to add to the signings of Craig Goodwin and Michael Jakobsen, however will have his work cut out for him molding together a squad capable of a title-tilt.
Adelaide United General Manager of Football, Ante Kovacevic, maintained that the cleanout will allow Adelaide to strengthen for next season.
“Firstly, on behalf of everyone at the Club, thank you to Daniel, Ersan, Jordan, Mark, and Džengis for their dedicated work during their times with Adelaide United," he said.
“But, in particular, Jordan and Mark, who have been quality professionals whilst being Adelaide United players and I wish them the best for the rest of their careers.
“It is unfortunate to be losing a player of Daniel’s quality, but if a player and his family are finding some things difficult then it is always best to find an amicable solution.
“Fans can rest assured that the Club will recruit top-class players to complement the 20 players we already have on contract for next season," he continued.
“We currently have only three foreign players contracted, which gives us flexibility and options in filling the remaining spots in our squad.
“The recent announcements of Michael Jakobsen and Craig Goodwin are fantastic signs that quality footballers want to come to play at this Club and under Marco Kurz.
“More additions to our squad will be announced in the near future.”