Mariners, Blades forge ahead

The Central Coast Mariners have been given a significant off-field boost ahead of the club's round one A-League match against Melbourne next week.

The Central Coast Mariners have been given a significant off-field boost ahead of the club's round one A-League match against Melbourne next week.

The club's relationship with English Championship club Sheffield United has moved to another level with owner and chairman Kevin McCabe joining the Mariners board.

The announcement continues what has been a successful link between the two clubs.

"It's exciting to have a businessman of Kevin's calibre with a proven dedication and commitment to football to come on board with the Mariners,'' Mariners deputy chairman Peter Turnbull said.

"We look forward to utilising his knowledge on the business of football and his experience in property development.''

McCabe joined the board of Sheffield United in 1995 and took control in 2001. In a partnership between United and his company, Scarborough Holdings, has turned the club into a diversified property and leisure services enterprise.

In 2006 McCabe and Sheffield United took a 90 percent stake in Chinese club Chengdu Five Bull, changing the name to Chengdu Blades and helping reach the Chinese Super League.

He also has ties with Hungarian side Ferencvaros.

"We feel very much part of the Blades family and welcome Kevin with open arms to our board,'' Mariners chairman Lyall Gorman said.

"We look forward to his involvement with great anticipation and know that his passion and involvement will produce many significant positives and mutual benefits for the future.''