Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners have done a swap deal for the services of Mitch Austin to the Victory and Connor Pain to the Mariners.
The pair were both released early from their contracts to secure the move to their new respective homes.
Victory head coach Kevin Muscat is delighted by the prospect of having Austin in his squad.
“We’re very excited about what Mitch can bring to Melbourne Victory next season,” Muscat said.
“He has great speed and skill, a tremendous work ethic and he has demonstrated an ability to score goals.
“He thrived in his first season in the A-League, and with more experience we expect he will become an even better player.”
Austin started 22 of 27 games last season, scoring five and was arguably the side’s most creative attacking outlet.
Muscat also reserved special praised for Pain, who at 22 remains a talented prospect with the best years of his career ahead of him.
“I would like to thank Connor for his contribution to Melbourne Victory,” Muscat said.
“Connor always conducted himself in a professional manner, and played an important role in the success this club has achieved.
“We wish him all the best for the rest of his career.”