The Central Coast Mariners have boosted their attacking stocks for next season with the signing of former Brisbane Roar striker Corey Gameiro.
Gameiro, 25, has signed a one-year deal with the Yellow and Navy.
The attacker has also had spells in the Hyundai A-League with Wellington Phoenix, Sydney FC and Melbourne City.
Before joining the A-League, Gameiro left Australian shores as a teenager to sign with Fulham FC, before a loan deal saw him don the blue and white of FC Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
Gameiro’s loan deal from Fulham then extended to a stint with Wellington Phoenix during the 2012/13 season before he signed a two-year deal with Sydney FC ahead of the 2013/14 season.
Upon signing his contract, Gameiro spoke of his excitement to take part in his first pre-season for some time.
“To get through last season and feel good – to finish hard sessions and games and feel strong is something that I am really looking forward to building on,” Gameiro said. “I haven’t started a pre-season in four years so to start a pre-season and get some minutes into the legs is something I am really looking forward to.
“The opportunity to come to the Central Coast Mariners and rebuild, is something that excites me. As an individual, I’ve been through adversity – I think the club has gone through that as well in recent years. It’s time for the club to come out of that and it’s something I really want to be a part of.
“I’m itching for pre-season, I can’t wait to get started. I know a handful of the boys from when I was captain of the Australian under 23’s, they know what sort of person I am and how hungry I am to succeed so I will be there from day one of pre-season to drive that as much as I can.
“Getting the right people here at the Mariners is so important because they are the people you are going to go to war with, go to battle with. You need people next to you, that you’re going to look across at and know that he wants it just as much as I do,” Gameiro said.
Mike Mulvey credited Gameiro’s attitude and has no doubt that he will add a new element to the Mariners’ attack this season.
“Corey is exactly the type of personality we need at the Mariners,” Mulvey said. “He is hardworking, motivated and a player that will take this opportunity with both hands.
“We are working hard to add more attacking weapons to our front third this season and Corey is the first, of several new players we will bring in to the strengthen that area of our game,” Mulvey said.
The former U20 and U23 Australian International will link up with his new teammates in June on the Central Coast when the squad report for the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 pre-season.
Central Coast Mariners Squad
Goalkeepers: Adam PEARCE, Ben KENNEDY
Defenders: Alan BARO, Antony GOLEC, Jake McGING, Kye ROWLES, Jack CLISBY
Midfielders: Adam BERRY, Wout BRAMA, Tom HIARIEJ, Jacob MELLING, Danny De SILVA
Attackers: Andrew HOOLE, Connor PAIN, Corey GAMEIRO