The Western Sydney Wanderers have added a further two players to their inaugural squad with Adam D'Apuzzo and Jason Trifiro both impressing enough on trial to earn one-year deals.
D'Apuzzo is no stranger to the elite level having played for several seasons with the Newcastle Jets, where he was a member of the squad that won the 2007-8 championship, eventually cementing his place as a dependable left-back.
The 25-year old walked out on the Jets 12 months ago to return to Sydney where he wanted to focus on his career outside football in finance. He trialled with Sydney FC but didn't win a contract and decided to sit out of the A-League for a season.
Trifiro, 24, hails from Sydney but has recently made a name for himself in the Victorian Premier League with South Melbourne, where he was named as the top player in arguably the nation's strongest state league. The attacking midfielder trialled unsuccessfully with Melbourne Heart last season.
The Herald understands deals for both players were completed over the weekend. The pair both started in the Wanderers' first game last Wednesday, a 5-0 romp over Nepean FC.
The new club's next hitout is against Blacktown Spartans on Wednesday night at Blacktown International Sportspark.
Meanwhile, Socceroos' midfielder Mark Bresciano looks to have been blocked by his UAE club, Al Nasr, from moving to Qatari club Al Gharafa.
The 32-year old was reportedly prepared to pay a fee of over A$1 million to Al Nasr to terminate his contract and pave the way for a move to Doha but the club is sticking firm, insisting they haven't received a transfer offer that they want they want their top scorer from last season to stick around.
"Mark Bresciano's contract with Al Nasr is valid for another season and the football company has not received any requests from any clubs asking for the services of the player," said Al Nasr's directory of football Arif Abbas.