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A-League: Off-season update

The 2023/24 A-League campaigns are getting closer after the dates for both the men's and women's competitions were revealed.

The off-season continues to be a busy one as teams build their squads with players coming and going, while there is also some big news from Perth Glory.

Let’s take a look at the latest big news stories coming from the A-League.

Sage's Glory tenure over

Perth Glory are on the look-out for a new owner after Tony Sage’s 15-year tenure at the Western Australian club came to an end.

Sage has handed his A-League licence back to the governing body, the Australian Professional Leagues (APL), with immediate effect.

The APL have handed Glory to receivers KordaMentha, who will now run the club until a suitable new owner is found.

KordaMentha have insisted it is ‘business as usual’ at the Glory, while they attempt to find a new ownership.

Glory are currently without a permanent coach, with former boss Kenny Lowe in charge on an interim basis.

The Glory have had a tough few years financially after being forced to relocate out of Western Australia for the 2021/22 campaign.

Then last season they had to play 10 of their 13 ‘home’ games away from HBF Park, which was being redeveloped for the Women’s World Cup.

Glory have struggled to get anywhere near finals in recent seasons and are priced at 34.00 to win the 2023/24 grand final.

APL confirm start dates

The Australian Professional Leagues have confirmed the start dates for both the Liberty A-League Women and Isuzu UTE A-League Men seasons.

The women’s campaign will begin the weekend of 13th to 15th of October, with the men getting underway the week after on 20th to 22nd October.

The Central Coast Mariners won last season’s men’s grand final and are priced at 6.00 to defend their title, while Melbourne City, who were runners-up, are the hot fancies at 3.80.

The grand final for both the men and women will be played in May 2024.

Nieuwenhof joins Hearts

Calem Nieuwenhof has become the latest player to swap the A-League for a switch to the Scottish Premiership, signing for Hearts.

Hearts already have Australian trio Cam Devlin, Nathaniel Atkinson and Kye Rowles on their books and they will now be joined by Nieuwenhof, who has penned a four-year deal.

The loss of the 22-year-old will be a big blow for Western Sydney Wanderers, but they were not willing to stand in the way of such a great opportunity for the player.

Wanderers, who are priced at 6.00 to win the grand final, have also received an undisclosed transfer fee for the player.

Penha back in the A-League

Western United have completed the signing for former Newcastle Jets star Daniel Penha on a one-year loan deal.

The Brazilian is on the books of Atletico Mineiro back in his homeland and a number of A-League sides had been tracking the player.

However, it was Western United who have fought off all the competition to get the deal done.

The 24-year-old was a revelation in his last spell in the A-League and Western coach John Aloisi is confident he will be a big hit once again.

He is the fifth new signing for Western, who are priced at 11.00 to match their heroics of 2021/22 by winning the grand final in 2023/24.

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