GCU to unleash Barisic

Gold Coast coach Miron Bleiberg is set to unleash National Youth League marksman Andrew Barisic against Central Coast, as United's player shortage shifts from the backline to the attacking third.

Gold Coast coach Miron Bleiberg is set to unleash National Youth League marksman Andrew Barisic against Central Coast, as United's player shortage shifts from the backline to the attacking third.

With Joel Porter ruled out for two weeks and Tahj Minniecon and Milson still battling niggles, Barisic - who has netted seven goals in seven matches for the youth team - is certain to suit up, and a good chance to start the match upfront with Shane Smeltz.

The 23-year-old will provide size and strength against a Mariners side which ruffled the feathers of United and served up a 3-0 romp when the teams met in Round 7.

"I think I have got the build to match up with them. It's a physical side, they have shown how good they are defensively, but hopefully we can do the job," Barisic said.

"We will be out there pressing them and showing that we won't back down, it's all about showing them it doesn't matter how good their defence is, we can still beat them."

"I will make sure I am in there and showing my physical presence, they obviously have a lot of big tall lads but I'm not short myself so I will be giving as good as I get."

The custodian to the Mariners' defence - and the man who Barasic will be looking to trump - Danny Vukovic, has kept eight clean sheets this season and is no stranger to Barisic's lethal boot.

The pair faced off a number of times in the old National Youth League, most notably in a semi-final which finished 2-2 at the end of regulation time.

"I was with the Canberra Deacons and our semi-final went to penalties and I scored one on him then. We won the league that year," Barisic said.

"I know what he is like and I know he is a good goalie, but on the day it will be a matter of who plays best and hopefully we can slip a couple past him, not just one."

Barisic has only suited up for the first team once this year when he came off the bench for about 30 minutes against Melbourne and is keen to make the most of this opportunity.

"It's been hard sitting and watching every game, but coming in under these conditions is a good challenge."

"I've been scoring the goals in Youth League and that's what I have got to be doing to get a shot at the seniors. The confidence is quiet good, so hopefully we can transfer that over."

Meanwhile, the club has boosted its defensive stocks with the signing of former Bolton player Wayne Buchanan.

The 27-year-old Northern Irishman, who represented his country at every level from under 15 to under 23, will replace injured Brazilian midfielder, Robson, who will need several weeks to recover from his knee injury.

"I wanted the challenge of coming over here to try and get a deal in the Hyundai A-League and I couldn-t be happier to be given the chance at Gold Coast United," Buchanan said.

"This is what I came here for and it gives me the opportunity to show what I can do and push on to try and cement a full-time contract."

"To come to a side that is doing so well is a bonus and having trained with the club in pre-season I know quite a few of the lads, which is a big help."

"I'm not looking too far ahead and just want to do my best."