There has been unprecedented upheaval among Socceroos and promising Aussies playing overseas this offseason. We're keeping track of every transfer and free agent in this article, plus the Indian Super League and Xanthi FC moves, while also analysing each player's various career trajectories.
OTHER NOTABLE AUSSIE ABROAD TRANSFERS
Note: We haven't included Australian transfers to non-league or minor leagues.
Nikola Mileusnic - Adelaide United (A-League) to Randers FC (Danish Superliga)
A very interesting and somewhat surprising move, Mileusnic always entertained for Adelaide and his speed and goalscoring ability will be put to the test at a solid club, with a history of recruiting Australians, in a great showcase league. This move will be a good test of how the A-League stacks up against the Danish Superliga.
Kenny Dougall - Barnsley (Championship) to Blackpool (League One)
Many Barnsley fans were disappointed when the hard-working Aussie fullback-cum-midfielder left Barnsley, after grinding his way from the Dutch second tier into the Eredivisie and then to the English Championship.
Injury problems have beset Dougall, who famously tried to play on in a match for Barnsley with a broken leg, and a one-year deal with the League One strugglers is more reminiscent of that uncertainty than his actual skill.
Matt Millar - Newcastle Jets (A-League) to Shrewsbury Town (League One).
A loan move with a clear option to buy, Millar's Shrewsbury move is a big test for the NPL success story, who never quite hit the sensational heights at Newcastle that he had at Central Coast Mariners but clearly has the robust physicality and mature head to succeed in England.
Lawrence Thomas - Melbourne Victory (A-League) to Sonderjyske (Danish Superliga)
A fantastic transfer for the talented goalkeeper that could still see him make it into a bigger European league, with Denmark one of the greatest stepping stone leagues in Europe. He's playing regularly and in fantastic form.
Danny Choi - Beira Mar (Portugese Third Division) to Casa Pia (Portugese Second Division)
The former NSW NPL hero and major fan favourite, Choi is a silky winger that's really earning his stripes in Portugal, moving up through the divisions and playing regularly with strong performances. He's started four out of five matches this season and registered two assists and will likely provide an excellent role model to fellow Aussie Silvera.
Dean Bouzanis - Melbourne City (A-League) to Sutton United (Conference Premier)
Bouzanis' conference move was to be with partner Steph Catley, who signed for Arsenal.
George Blackwood - Adelaide United (A-League) to Oldham Athletic (League Two)
Blackwood joined Oldham as Harry Kewell's first and so far only Aussie signing after a long - and occasionally maligned - spell at Adelaide United, where he drew plaudits for his technical ability but was rarely sighted on the scoresheet. Oldham have struggled since his arrival and Blackwood has rarely played so far.
Abraham Majok - Western Sydney Wanderers (A-League) to PAEEK (Cypriot Second Division)
A tall, powerful A-League striker Majok left the Wanderers for the Cypriot second-tier club but is yet to make an appearance.
Gabriel Cleur - Returned to Virtus Entella (Serie B) from his loan to Alessandria (Serie C)
Cleur is an Aussie right-back who has played virtually his entire career throughout the Italian lower leagues, but still only 22, is slowly beginning to garner more game time in cup competitions for the struggling Serie B side.
Luka Prso - NK Olimpija (Slovenian PrvaLiga to NK Osijek (Croatian HNL.1)
The Young Socceroos captain proved making his way to the Slovenian first division was a good move when he secured a transfer to Croatian high-flyers NK Osijek this offseason, where he's currently playing with the reserves.
Nicholas Olsen - Al Jahra (Kuwait Premier League) to Khaitan SC (Kuwait Premier League)
The 25-year-old attacker is of special interest at the moment due to his FIFA dispute with his former club over allegations of unpaid wages and transfer blockages.
Rafa Jimenez - CD El Álamo (Spanish Third Division) to UD Somozas (Spanish Fourth Division)
We featured Rafa Jimenez in FourFourTwo Australia magazine all the way back in 2012, believe it or not, and he's still only 24. At the time he was Atletico Madrid's youth captain and had recently made the switch to Villareal, and widely heralded as one of Australia's brightest ever young talents.
Unfortunately Jimenez' career is yet to reach those lofty heights, but after a short spell at Sydney Olympic in 2019, he's now back in the Spanish fold.
Jack Iredale - Carlisle United (League Two) to Cambridge United (League Two)
He endured a long period of contract uncertainty and COVID related shutdowns so it's good to see the solid left-back keep his career afloat in the football league.
Cameron Burgess - Scunthorpe United (League Two) to Accrington Stanley (League One)
After nine years in the UK there was thoughts that Burgess may return to the A-League, but despite being released by the League Two Scunthorpe, he eventually secured a level up in Accrington. A very solid transfer for the former Olyroo.
Daniel Wong - Espanyol B (Spanish Third Division) to BJ Renhe (China League One)
The 22-year-old striker grew up in the Chesterfield and Espanyol academies and made the surprise move to China's second-tier three months ago, where he's become a regular performer but is yet to score.
Ashley Maynard-Brewer - Returned loan to Charlton Athletic (League One) from Dover Athletic (National League)
The 21-year-old Aussie stopper has been out on loan four times while at Charlton but appears to have finally locked down a regular spot at the League One club and has put in some sensational performances since returning.
On the next page, we analyse the highest-profile Aussie free agents.