Mariners re-sign Fitzgerald

Cementing their place as a breeding ground for young talent, Central Coast have re-signed attacking utility Nick Fitzgerald.

Cementing their place as a breeding ground for young talent, Central Coast have re-signed attacking utility Nick Fitzgerald from Brisbane Roar.

Fitzgerald, 20, made one appearance for the Mariners in the 2009/10 A-League campaign and is a former National Youth League player with Central Coast, and signed on for two seasons with Graham Arnold's side.

“The most important thing for me is to be playing regular, high quality football,” Fitzgerald said.

“After some recent discussions with Graham Arnold, I am confident that I will be given that opportunity at the Mariners.”

Fitzgerald was a regular contributor in Brisbane-s 2011/12 season but has struggled for game-time under Roar changing coaching staff.

Nevertheless, the attacker is rated as one of Australia-s emerging young stars and Arnold believes the Australian youth international will slot seamlessly into his squad.

“With Nick we know exactly what we are going to get,” Arnold said. “We know he is a player of enormous potential.”

“We believe we can help Nick take his game to the next level and for us he ticks all of the boxes when we look to sign a player. He-s a good, Australian kid with great ability, but perhaps more importantly he-s driven to succeed in his professional career.”