On the move: Tom Rogic. Photo: Getty Images
Rogic in, Nichols out, and it's something for Melbourne Victory to smile about as Kevin Muscat's side looks to regroup from its thrashing at the hands of Wellington Phoenix at the weekend.
Good as Mitch Nichols was earlier this season, the midfielder, who is now on his way to Cerezo Osaka in Japan, is not at the same level as Socceroo midfielder Tom Rogic, whose loan signing is a big plus for a club anxious to reignite its championship challenge.
Rogic is due to arrive at Victory on Tuesday to finalise his loan deal. Victory hopes he will be available for the big Australia Day clash with Sydney on Sunday.
The tall, elegant Celtic man, who has struggled for game time with the Glasgow giants, will stay in Australia until the end of May.
For the 21-year-old, regarded by Socceroo coach Ange Postecoglou as a key component of his midfield mix for the World Cup in Brazil, the move is a perfect chance to play regularly.
At this stage of his career Rogic needs as much game time as he can get to develop the soccer smarts he will need for the World Cup and beyond, when he will look to restart his career in Europe.
For all the huge impression the Canberran has made, he had 23 starts for Central Coast Mariners in his first season in the A-League but has barely figured for Celtic since moving to Scotland last year.
His move to Victory also allows him to play in the Asian Champions League with Melbourne's qualifying match to get into the group stage proper in Geelong on February 15.
Victory is also poised to lose Socceroo midfielder Mark Milligan with the club announcing he was the subject of a fresh bid from an overseas club.