New Socceroos coach Graham Arnold has joined the hunt for a new club for backline veteran Mark Milligan before the start of the new season around the world.
Milligan left his marquee deal with Melbourne Victory to join Saudi Arabian side Al Ahli in a $1m deal, but was released by the club following the World Cup after just eight games.
The axe came as a surprise after Milligan's solid performance in defence in all three Australia games, despite being moved out of usual defensive midfield role.
Now he is keen to find a new club in Europe if possible. The transfer window in England closes today and later in the month elsewhere in Europe, but as Milligan is a free agent he can sign afterwards.
And today Graham Arnold revealed he and the FFA were trying to help Milligan in achieving his dream move to Europe.
Milligan has come close to big Euro clubs in the past but missed out over visa issues, and once heartbreakingly because of the Socceroos lowly FIFA ranking.
Now though he is better placed to make the move if he can find a club to sign him.
"Mark is still without a club at the moment," said Arnold today. "And we're working with him to try and see what we can do with that."
Both Milligan, 33, and skipper Mile Jedinak, 34, face uncertain futures in the Socceroos squad with Arnold looking to inject more youth talent into the side.
Jedinak missed out on all the Socceroos pre-World Cup warm ups and the side looked so good without him in the games against Hungary and the Czechia, there was speculation he may not start in Russia.
However Jedinak led out the team in all three games, and speculation that he was set to leave Aston Villa also proved unfounded.
But Arnold was giving nothing away about their Socceroos futures.
"I spoke to them straight after the World Cup and told them to have a great break and and we would be in touch in the next few week," said Arnold today.
"Mile is back at Aston Villa and we're just waiting to see what happens with him.
He added: "As a coach, I'm a big communicator and I'm on the phone a lot to the boys, and making sure that I'm there for them if they need me.
"They can call me at any time for any advice so you know we have been in touch."