Jedinak off to Turkey

Central Coast Mariners midfielder Mile Jedinak is on his way to Turkey after earning a contract with Turkish Super Lig side Genclerbirligi.

Central Coast Mariners midfielder Mile Jedinak is on his way to Turkey after earning a contract with Turkish Super Lig side Genclerbirligi.

Jedinak will join former Hyundai A-League players Bruce Djite and James Troisi at the club and now finds himself opposed to compatriots Harry Kewell (Galatasaray) and Michael Petkovic (Sivasspor).

Jedinak will see out 2008 with the reigning Hyundai A-League premiers before jetting out and commencing his stint with Genclerbirligi.

The 24-year-old is set to play his 50th match for Central Coast in the F3 Derby against Newcastle at EnergyAustralia Stadium on Friday night before what looms as a farewell match against Perth Glory at Bluetongue Stadium on New Year's Eve.

"I'm firstly thrilled to have secured a move to Genclerbirligi SK, a club where I'm certain that I can continue my professional development and improve myself as a player," said Jedinak.

"My time at the Mariners has been unforgettable and it was here that I was first introduced to the Hyundai A-League and, from there, the Socceroos and for that I am forever thankful to the coaching staff, playing group and members and supporters at the club."

"It has been a pleasure to have been a part of the Mariners set up for nearly three seasons now and to have been amongst the first-class characters within our playing group and wherever my career may take me in the future, I will always look back on my time on the Central Coast with a lot of happiness and pride."

Central Coast executive chairman Lyall Gorman admitted he was disappointed to see Jedinak leave the Mariners but was equally pleased for him to be getting an opportunity overseas.

"This is the best example yet of a player coming to the Mariners, taking his opportunity in the Hyundai A-League, using his domestic form to put his name forward for Socceroos selection and thus, providing a platform to advance his career to the next level," said Gorman.

"As we have always maintained at the Mariners, we will never stand in the way of the professional ambitions of any player and, indeed, will do all that we can to encourage and facilitate one's professional development."