Tom Rogic, Sasa Ognenovski and Kim Seung-Yong were among headline deals struck during a hectic A-League transfer window.
The A-League has enjoyed its most prolific mid-season transfer window, with more than 20 players finding new A-League homes.
With the window shutting on Wednesday night, every club bar Melbourne Heart can boast arrivals for the 10 games remaining.
While very few moves involved fees, partially because the A-League prohibits transfer fees between clubs, Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners banked six-figure cheques for Mitch Nichols and Trent Sainsbury as they headed for overseas leagues.
Several Socceroos searching for regular competition in the lead up to the World Cup also found new homes, with Sasa Ognenovski joining Sydney FC, Tom Rogic heading south to Melbourne Victory and Newcastle Jets gaining David Carney after a spell in New York.
But league leaders Brisbane Roar were perhaps the biggest winners, bolstering their forward line with the return of championship hero Jean Carlos Solorzano and midfielder Steven Lustica.
A close second might be Victory, who were able to bring in Rogic on loan while moving on wantaway midfielder Nichols at a healthy profit.
Across Melbourne, newly flush neighbours Heart pulled their punches during the window, with no arrivals despite the departure of Golgol Mebrahtu, Dylan Macallister and Andrea Migliorini.
Central Coast Mariners responded to the loss of key defender Sainsbury by stealing Eddy Bosnar from under Frank Farina’s nose at Sydney FC, then signing Asian Champions League winner Kim Seung-Yong.
Farina admitted he thought he had Bosnar over the line but responded by signing former Asian player of the Year Ognenovski to toughen his defence.
The Sky Blues also added Milos Dimitrejevic, who impressed in Sydney’s 5-0 Australia Day rout of Melbourne Victory.
The Mariners were the busiest club during the window, with three departing and Glen Moss bringing three in.
Conversely, Wellington Phoenix were the least active, losing no one and bringing in Fiji’s Roy Krishna from local club Auckland City.
Adelaide United, enjoying a mid-season revival under Spaniard Josep Gombau, has reinforced in attack and defence with Ryan Griffiths and Michael Marrone.
Griffiths, with a strong goal-scoring record across his career, could prove a crucial injection as the Red chase the finals.
Perth Glory returned the A-League’s most expensive departure to Australia, signing Rostyn Griffiths alongside Lithuanian international Darvydas Sernas.
Second-placed Western Sydney raised eyebrows with their three signings – despite having no A-League place for them to play before next season.
Golgol Mebrahtu, Daniel Mullens and Antony Golec have all signed for the Wanderers and will be restricted to Asian Champions League matches this term.
While the closure of the window ends the chances of clubs to pick up contracted players, A-League clubs can still offer deals to free agents.