Harry Novillo

Ex-Melbourne City

Since his City stint, the enigmatic Novillo has popped up in Turkey, UAE, Malaysia, Mexico, and Canada.

The forward joined MLS outfit Montreal Impact this month in the MLS. 

The journeyman left the A-League outfit in 2016 after flattering to deceive in his one year at the club. The French attacker (capped by Martinique) was off-loaded and went to Turkey then UAE (Manisaspor and Baniyas).

After a short and unflattering stint in Malaysia over three months with Johor DT, it’s understood Novillo was in Mexico looking for a club before heading to North America to link with his new Canadian outfit, where he’s teammates with former Arsenal and Man City defender Bacary Sagna.

Impact is coached by one of Novillo's former managers from his Lyon youth days, Remi Garde. 

Wayne Brown

Ex-Newcastle Jets

The nuggety English midfielder - famously substituted by the Jets at halftime against Brisbane Roar at Suncorp so he could dash back to Newy to the hospital where his wife was in labour - made a good impression over two years, smashing a few memorable long-range strikes.

But with the Jets on the rise, he couldn’t be assured of a regular starting spot and earlier this year he swapped the A-League for English football’s fifth tier, signing for Sutton United in the National League.

Last weekend Brown, now 30, hit the net in United’s 2-2 draw with Solihull Moors.

Sergi Guardiola

Ex-Adelaide United

The Spaniard with the famous surname (no relation) barely lasted half a season at Hindmarsh before the striker parted ways with the Reds in early 2017.

Since then it’s been a litany of clubs and loans for the photogenic Spanish striker, now 27.

His loan spell in Adelaide was cut short, so he went back to Granada CF B before a loan out to Real Murcia.

After he returned to his parent club, he signed with Cordoba before another loan this time to Getafe.

Mateo Poljak

Ex-Newcastle Jets and Wanderers

The Croatian-born former U-19 youth International won a Premiership and ACL Champions League with Wanderers but by 2016 had made the move to the Jets.

Last year he wasn’t offered a new contract and after two seasons, the classy midfielder subsequently signed for Astra Giurgiu in the Romanian League, ahead of their Europa League group stage campaign. 

The club didn’t qualify and the PFA got involved after allegations of unpaid wages.

Poljak returned late last year to Sydney and spent 2018 in the NPL with Marconi Stalllions.

Federico Piovaccari


Who remembers the Pied Piper? Not many. It was a forgettable and costly stint for the red and black. 

Sadly, his trademark pide piper celebration was rarely seen as the Italian forward failed to deliver.

Despite an impressive CV that included Steaua Bucharest, Sampdoria and Inter Milan youth, this marquee was a disaster and was soon off again.

Since his stint in the A-League, Spain, China and Italy have been his ports of call with clubs such as Cordoba, ZJ Ziteng and Ternana.

He’s now 34.



The little Brazilian winger became a fan favourite for a while, signing in 2013 for the WA outfit.

The now-32-year-old Sidnei Sciola Moraes played 42 times for Glory scoring six goals before having his contract mutually terminated in January 2016 to make way for other imports on Kenny Lowe’s roster.

The striker is currently listed with Ethnikos in Greece, though he’s had stints back in Brazil with Ituano and in Mexico at FC Juarez.   

Josep Gombau

Ex-Adelaide boss

Spanish manager Josep Gombau made his name as the eccentric, passionate coach of Adelaide United.

After a spell with the national team set up as U-23 coach and with Ange Postecoglou’s Socceroos, it seemed he could do no wrong in Australia.

But in 2017 the Spaniard jumped from the FFA and joined Wanderers shortly after the shock departure of Tony Popovic. 

After a disastrous six months, Gombau's contract was terminated in April this year after the western Sydney powerhouse failed to make the finals.

By August Gombau had joined the ISL with Delhi Dynamos.