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Five Aussies in need of a home

by Ben Somerford on Jun 27, 2012

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The club season is over, the internationals are done, so for our Aussies abroad right now is all about getting settled for the 2011-12 season, and for some that means finding new clubs.

GGArmy has decided to take a look at five Aussies abroad who need a new home this off-season.

Lucas Neill
No less than the Socceroos skipper, Neill is on the lookout for a new club after being released by UAE outfit Al Jazira. The 34-year-old had his critics in the Emirates last season, with his pace exposed by several speedy Pro-League strikers. Neill may be well into veteran status, but he remains a true leader and his influence on a back four is strong. China and another Middle East club are rumoured, while there's some whispers about returning to England, but Western Sydney appears a long shot.

James Troisi
The 23-year-old left winger's next move will be critical to his career. After an excellent 2011-12 term with Kayserispor he is keen to move. Troisi had a pay dispute with the Turkish club, while he's also eager to take the next step in his career. Rumours of a move to Juventus have floated around, whereby he'd be loaned to newly-promoted Pescara. If the Juve move materialises for the Adelaide product and he can get game-time at Pescara in Serie A, that'd be a great switch. Qatari club El Jaish have also lined him up on a big-money deal but that'd be a step backwards for his career.

Nathan Coe
The Brisbane-born goalkeeper had played second fiddle throughout his nomadic career until he found regular gametime at Danish club SonderjyskE over the past two years. However, the 28-year-old former Inter Milan, PSV Eindhoven and FC Copenhagen stopper has decided to try his luck elsewhere as he heads towards his thirties. Coe's decision to leave SonderjyskE shows ambition and there's been talk of trials in England, but so far nothing has materialised. His reputation in Denmark is good, so perhaps if he cannot secure a deal, he could return to Scandanavia.

Richard Garcia
When Hull City confirmed they wouldn't be offering Garcia a new deal last month, he said: "I'm looking everywhere and keeping my options open.” The 30-year-old Socceroo has been linked with a move elsewhere in England, to the Middle East or even back to Australia. If Garcia retains his international ambitions, he'd be best served remaining in England, however he has indicated he wants a “new adventure” which could mean a “new league”. Considering his age, and his recent run with injury, he may be inclined to head home.

Michael Zullo
The talented left-sided defender/midfielder has always done an astute job when representing Australia, but his club career has harmed his international ambitions in recent times. Zullo has fallen down the pecking order at Utrecht under Jan Wouters (who recently signed a new one-year deal), with Davy Bulthuis preferred. Zullo admitted his frustration at the situation in March, having started the 2011-12 season as a regular, before making only one appearance after December 4. At 23-years-young, he's at an age where he needs regular game-time and could seek a transfer to do so.