The Mariners have added firepower to their front third with the signing of 25-year-old attacker, Corey Gameiro, who arrives on the Central Coast from Brisbane Roar.
Gameiro, who put pen-to-paper on a one-year contract with the Central Coast Mariners on May 8, has plied his trade with the likes of Sydney FC and Melbourne City.
Before making a name for himself in the Hyundai A-League, Gameiro left Australian shores as a teenager to sign with Fulham FC, before a loan deal saw him don the blue and white of FC Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Gameiro’s loan deal from Fulham then extended to a stint with Wellington Phoenix during the 2012/13 season, before he signed a two-year deal with Sydney FC ahead of the 2013/14 season. Upon signing his contract, Gameiro spoke of his excitement to take part in his first pre-season for some time. “I haven’t started a preseason in four years so to start a pre-season and get some minutes into the legs is something I am really looking forward to,” Gameiro said.
“The opportunity to come to the Central Coast Mariners and rebuild, is something that excites me. “As an individual, I’ve been through adversity and I think the club has gone through that as well in recent years. “It’s time for the club to come out of that and it’s something I really want to be a part of,” he said. “I’m itching for pre-season, I can’t wait to get started. “I know a handful of the boys from when I was captain of the Australian under 23’s. “They know what sort of person I am and how hungry I am to succeed, so I will be there from day one of preseason to drive that as much as I can. “Getting the right people here at the Mariners is so important because they are the people you are going to go to war with, go to battle with.
“You need people next to you that you’re going to look across at and know that they want it just as much as I do,” Gameiro said. Mariners head coach, Mr Mike Mulvey, credited Gameiro’s attitude and has no doubt that he will add a new element to the Mariners’ attack this season. “Corey is exactly the type of personality we need at the Mariners,” Mulvey said. “He is hardworking, motivated, and a player that will take this opportunity with both hands. “We are working hard to add more attacking weapons to our front third this season, and Corey is the first of several new players we will bring in to strengthen that area of our game,” Mulvey said. The former U20 and U23 Australian International will link up with his new teammates in June when the squad report for the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 pre-season.
Source: Media release, May 8 Tyson Scott, Central Coast Mariners Media