A-League defenders secure moves as silly season continues

A-League defenders secure moves as silly season continues


Michael Jakobsen and Jonathan Aspro have found new homes as A-League clubs continue their offseason squad rebuilds.

Jakobsen has called time on his stint with Melbourne City after two seasons and has joined Adelaide United on a two-year contract.

Meanwhile, former Western Sydney Wanderer Aspro has joined Mike Mulvey’s revolution at Central Coast Mariners, inking a one-season deal.

Aspro, 21, missed much of the 2017-18 season after rupturing his ACL, while Jakobsen’s own campaign was curtailed by injury at its conclusion.

In joining the Mariners, Aspro became their fourth offseason signing alongside Corey Gameiro, Matt Simon and Jack Clisby.

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The centre-back said he was “inspired” by the direction Mulvey was looking to navigate.

“I’m really thrilled to be joining the Mariners, and really excited by Mike’s ambition and what he’s bringing to the club,” Aspropotamitis said.

“I’m looking forward to getting started with the boys and working with the new playing group.

“When I first met with Mike, I was really inspired by his vision for the club and where he wants the club to be.

“That persuaded me to move up to the Mariners, and I simply can’t wait to get going.”

Jakobsen decided to make the move to South Australia with family a key driver behind his call.

All up, the 32-year-old made 41 appearances for City and was a key cog in their maiden piece of silverware – the 2016 FFA Cup – on the men’s side.

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“I’m excited because it’s a new chapter of my career and I’m really looking forward to getting started,” Jakobsen said.

“I’ve heard only positive things about Adelaide United, so that was a big part of my decision.

“People have said Adelaide is a good city especially for small families and I have a small family so it’s perfect.

“The team had a good season last year and the ambitions are high at the Club, which is what I like and this suits me well.

“I want to win games and I want to win titles and hopefully I can contribute to doing that with Adelaide.”

Jakobsen is Adelaide’s first acquisition of the offseason.

City have been linked with Melbourne-born Ersan Gulum – on the Reds’ books in the season just gone – as a replacement.

His loan deal with Adelaide is up and is off-contract with Chinese club Hebei China Fortune.