The Central Coast Mariners have landed a major signing coup in former Spanish international and UEFA Champions League winner Luis Garcia.
The 37-year-old former Liverpool midfielder has signed until at least the end of the 2015/16 Hyundai A-League season.
Garcia, who recently played in Australia as a part of the Liverpool Legends match will arrive on the Central Coast as the biggest name in the Hyundai A-League with an invaluable wealth of experience for the young Mariners outfit.
The Spaniard has competed on some of world football’s biggest stages including time with with European heavyweights such as Atlético Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool FC.
The Central Coast Mariners marquee is looking forward to life on the Central Coast and is excited to arrive in Australia to link up with his new teammates.
“I am delighted to be joining a club like the Central Coast Mariners. This is an exciting challenge for me to play in the Hyundai A-League and with such a progressive club like the Mariners,” Garcia said.
“I am really looking forward to being on the Coast, meeting my fellow players, meeting the fans and to entertain them with my style of play.
“One of the things that attracted me to the Club was the opportunity to share my experience with a young playing group. I am also looking forward to playing football in one of the most beautiful places in the world,” Garcia said.
Central Coast Mariners CEO Shaun Mielekamp highlighted the raft of opportunities Garcia’s signing presents.
“This is a huge opportunity for not only the Central Coast Mariners and the Central Coast region but also for football in Australia,” Mielekamp said.
“It continues our journey towards becoming the most entertaining, innovative and community minded sports brand in Australia.
“I also want to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to Mike Charlesworth and Peter Storrie for their leadership and commitment to help take this Club to where we all want it go,” Mielekamp said.