PRELIM SQUAD: 13 A-League All Stars Men players locked in to face Premier League giants

The 2024 A-League All Stars Men Head Coach Patrick Kisnorbo has selected his preliminary 13-player squad to take on Premier League heavyweights Newcastle United, with the full squad set to be revealed after the Isuzu UTE A-League Grand Final teams are confirmed this weekend.

The initial squad, headlined by the inclusion of young gun Nestory Irankunda and Subway Socceroos Mathew Leckie and Adam Taggart – the reigning Golden Boot winner, will see the best of the Isuzu UTE A-League Men take the field at Marvel Stadium as part of Global Football Week Melbourne. 


There is talent stacked across the initial squad, with the full roster is set to be announced on Monday 20 May following this weekend’s Semi-Final second-leg matches involving Central Coast Mariners, Sydney FC, Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne Victory.

In the squad is former Serie A star Tolgay Arslan, who capped a memorable first season in Australia with Melbourne City’s Golden Boot, Scott Jamieson Medal for Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year.

Apostolos Stamatelopoulos is also in the squad after a record-breaking campaign at Newcastle Jets that saw him break the club record for most goals in a season with 17 – three shy of Taggart in the Golden Boot race.


Central Coast v Sydney FC at Industree Group Stadium!
Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory at Sky Stadium!

In addition, the preliminary squad includes four Boost Rising Stars in Kai Trewin, Nicolas  Milanovic, Jake Hollman and Irankunda who are acknowledged as some of the  brightest under 23 footballers from the Isuzu UTE A-League. 

As part of the squad announcement it was confirmed that Western United star Daniel Penha  has withdrawn from the All Stars squad after returning home to Brazil due to personal reasons. 

A-League All Stars Men head coach Kisnorbo said: “There is no doubting the talent  currently playing in the Isuzu UTE A-League Men.

“Within this squad we have a number of rising  stars, Socceroos and International stars who will come together with the aim of taking down one of English football’s biggest clubs -Newcastle United.

“I look forward to working with this group along with the final additions to the squad ahead of  what will be a big night for Australian football.

“This squad is coming to win and I can’t wait for the electric atmosphere and watching the best of the A-League test themselves against some of the best in the world.” 

The full A-League All Stars Men squad is set to assemble in Melbourne next week with an open  training session for fans to be held on Tuesday 21 May at AAMI Park with tickets available now  for $10 via

Global Football Week Melbourne will be telecast in Australia live and free on 10 Bold and streamed exclusively on 10 Play and Paramount+. Fans can purchase their tickets to the A Leagues All Stars double-header on May 24 here.