Mariners snap up young keeper

Central Coast Mariners have secured the services of goalkeeper Paul Izzo from Adelaide United on a two-year deal.

The 20-year-old featured on seven occasions for the Reds since joining the club during the 2011/12 Hyundai A-League season. 

Izzo is a product of the Australian Institute of Sport program and played his junior football with Campbelltown City. The South Australian born shot-stopper has also featured 12 times for the Young Socceroos.

Hyundai A-League transfer wrap

Izzo said he was excited for a new opportunity and admitted he was looking forward to working with Liam Reddy.

“Very exciting times for me, it’s going to be a new experience for me,” Izzo said. “My agent gave me a call saying that there was an opportunity to come to the Mariners and seeing the past success they’ve had here with goalkeepers I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to grow as a player and even a person.”

“By watching games last year you can tell he’s [Liam Reddy] a massive character in the group so I’m sure working with him will be a great experience for me.

“I want to train the best I can to give the coach a headache and that can only be a good thing for the team.

“Like many of the young players who have left to play overseas they have made a name for themselves in Australia and that’s my goal,” he said.

Izzo will remain on the Central Coast until at least the end of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Season and will link up with the Yellow and Navy for pre-season next week.