The Reds wound up on the bottom of the table after a season which saw them have easily the worst goalscoring record (24 goals in 27 matches) in the league and just a year after playing off in the Grand Final.
Their defence was solid, conceding the fourth least amount of goals but it was up the other end where Aurelio Vidmar’s men floundered.
Now they have a new coach in Dutchman Rini Coolen and some new key players so it is time for Adelaide to return to the top half of the table.
However, I don’t think that will be achieved this season as they rely far too heavily on attacking midfielder and captain Travis Dodd and young gun Mathew Leckie to score their goals.
The inclusion of Sergio van Dijk is enormous and if he can continue where he left off with the Brisbane Roar then things may be different but I cannot see the Reds playing off in the finals although they will be there knocking on the door.
Last season: Bottom
tribalfootball’s Prediction: 8th
Arrivals: Nigel Boogaard (Central Coast), Marcos Flores (Curico Unido), Sergio van Dijk (Brisbane Roar)
Departures: Scott Jamieson (Sydney FC), Michael Marrone (Melbourne Heart), Kristian Sarkies (Melbourne Heart), Alemao (released), Cristiano (released), Mark Rudan (released)
Biggest signing: Sergio van Dijk
Biggest loss: Scott Jamieson
Key men: Travis Dodd, Eugene Galekovic, Sergio van Dijk, Mathew Leckie
Sergio van Dijk