Central Coast have announced a deal for Portuguese winger Fabio Ferreira has been finalised through to the completion of Season 12.Ferreira links with the yellow and navy from rival Hyundai A-League outfit Adelaide United on a two-and-a-half season contract, effective immediately.
A former Sporting Lisbon and Chelsea FC youth player, Ferreira has averaged a goal every five games and contributed strongly to Adelaide United’s efforts since linking with the men from the city of churches in 2012.
Mariners boss Phil Moss said Ferreira, who is due to arrive on the Central Coast later this week, will add quality to his side’s attacking third.
“I am delighted to have secured the signature of a player I believe is one of the top wingers in the Hyundai A-League,” Moss said. “Fabio is an excitement machine, possesses genuine pace, and has a very strong record in the competition in terms of goals and assists.”
“He is also a player of fantastic character, a player who puts the team’s aims ahead of his personal ambitions. That is one of the reasons why he has been a fan favourite in Adelaide and we’re sure he will become a fan favourite during his time with us.”
“What also impressed me is that the first thing Fabio said to me is that he knows he needs to work hard to get into the team. He understands that we have quality players at the Club and that he’ll have to compete for his place each week.”
“With the right application we’re sure Fabio will have a real impact for us in the back half of this season, and during our 2015 AFC Champions League campaign.”
The club will advise members, fans and media regarding Ferreira’s arrival at Central Coast Mariners in due course.