• Sergio Cirio, left, is leaving Adelaide United (Getty Images)
Adelaide United have lost attacker Sergio Cirio, defender Dylan McGowan and three other fringe A-League players as the club announced their current departures.
17 May 2017 - 7:41 PM  UPDATED 17 May 2017 - 7:41 PM

McGowan has signed with Pacos Ferreira in a deal, sealed in-principle in January, while Cirio and fringe players George Mells, John Hall and Jesse Makarounas won't be offered new contracts by Adelaide.

Why Pacos could be McGowan's path to Socceroos selection
Dylan McGowan’s move to Pacos de Ferreira, a club that has a proactive, possession-based approach to football is a good one from a Socceroos perspective, but the defender will have his work cut out to secure a place in a competitive squad.

Captain Eugene Galekovic, midfielder Marcelo Carrusca and defender Iacappo La Rocca are also weighing up their futures at the Reds, who are searching for a new coach after Guillermo Amor's resignation.

United said the new coach will decide the futures of off-contract players including South Korean midfielder Kim Jae-Sung, Eli Babalj, Marc Marino and Mark Ochieng.

German great Ziege chasing Adelaide United job
Former Liverpool and Tottenham star Christian Ziege has emerged as one of over 50 applicants for the vacant Adelaide United coaching job.

Centre-back McGowan on Wednesday confirmed his move to Portugal, revealing he had declined bigger-money offers from Korea.

"I wanted to give myself a really good chance of making the Socceroos and show that ambition that's required to be in the national team," McGowan told Fox Sports.

"Hopefully, this move can put me in the window for that and then I can play well enough to get that chance."