Martinez excited by Everton's Mariners link

Roberto Martinez believes Everton can benefit from the relationship with the Central Coast Mariners and has tipped young Toffees players to thrive on loan in the Hyundai A-League.

The Merseyside club and the Mariners announced a player development partnership in February, intended to be a cooperative relationship in which young Everton talent could head to Gosford to gain experience, with emerging Australians potentially set to move in the opposite direction.

Martinez and his players, in Singapore for a pre-season tournament, will not be joining fellow Premier League heavyweights Liverpool and Manchester City for exhibition matches Down Under this month.

But the Spanish coach likes what he's heard about the Central Coast set-up and wants to explore the concept further.

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"As an institution what they do with football in Australia could become a nice partnership for us," he toldNews Corp.

"There is a very strong link with Joe Royle," he added, referring to the 1994-95 FA Cup-winning Everton manager, now employed in a youth development role with the club.

"He is the one that has got that role of opening those links around the world and different leagues around the world.

"And in Australia it sounds a really nice partnership that can benefit both parties very, very well.

"I think it could be very exciting for the future to find a role that could benefit both football clubs."

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According to Martinez, being able to send young British players to another English-speaking country will allow them to make an easier cultural transition as they seek first-team experience.

"I think (going on loan to) Australia and being able to use your own language and be understood and be able to communicate in English is a big advantage and could always be a good experience for any youngster."

"It's not just the league, but also the fact of leaving your comfort zone of leaving your family and safety net and having to go abroad.

"Having to adapt to different cultures is part of development. Sometimes it can be too drastic."