The Central Coast Mariners can today confirm the transfer of Sam Silvera to Portuguese club Futebol Clube Pacos de Ferreira has been completed following the agreement of terms.
The 19-year old attacker, who signed with the Mariners in 2019, will join the Primeira Liga club for an undisclosed fee and complete a medical upon arrival.
Silvera arrived at the Mariners in June last year and made his debut against Maitland in the early rounds of the FFA Cup, providing an assist as his new team progressed.
He then came off the bench late against Brisbane Roar in the Round of 16, scoring a vital goal and making a strong impact as the Mariners eventually progressed via a penalty shootout.
Head Coach Alen Stajcic praised Silvera for his growth and performances while at the Mariners.
“It has been a pleasure to work with Sammy during his time at the Mariners, and seeing his growth as a player and a person this move does not come as a surprise,” Stajcic said.
“He has worked very hard and we’ve given him every opportunity to flourish as a footballer, and I look forward to seeing him do well overseas.”
“This Club was built on giving young Australian players an opportunity to grow and develop, and this move is a clear example of us returning to those roots and it shows the positive direction we are heading in.”
Silvera thanked the club upon confirmation of the deal and said he was looking forward to getting started with his new club.
“It feels amazing to be moving to Europe. I feel like the football in Portugal will suit my style and I will be working hard to succeed over there,” he said.
“Over this past year I feel as though I’ve grown and developed so much as a footballer and I can’t wait to take this next step forward in my career.”
“I have to thank all the coaching staff for having faith in me and giving me a chance from day one in the FFA Cup and then throughout the season.”
“And I want to thank everyone at the club, all the staff, and the players for being a great playing group to be a part of this season.”