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Mariners sign Goalkeeper, Mark Birighitti

The Central Coast Mariners can today confirm the signing coup of goalkeeper, Mark Birighitti who joins the Club ahead of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season.

Putting pen-to-paper on a one-year-deal, Birighitti arrives on the Central Coast with a wealth of experience having appeared in the Eredivisie with NAC Breda after his time with Swansea City.

Known to Australian football fans for his acrobatic efforts in the Hyundai A-League, the 28-year-old has 85 appearances in Australia’s top flight with Adelaide United and the Newcastle Jets.

It was that form in the Hyundai A-League that saw Birighitti proudly don the Socceroos’ badge in 2013 against China. The Perth born shot-stopper has also represented Australia at U17, U20 & U23 levels.

Reuniting with Central Coast Mariners Goalkeeping Coach Jess Vanstrattan, Birighitti says that he can’t wait to arrive and get started on the Central Coast.

“This is a fantastic opportunity, I’m buzzing and I can’t wait to join the Mariners,” Birighitti said. “I’ve spoken with the coaching staff and it seems like a perfect fit – their plan enticed me, it’s a historical club an ambitious club and getting the Mariners back to where they should be, is something I want to be a part of.

“I’ve worked with Jess [Vanstrattan] before and he’s one of the best goalkeeping coaches I’ve ever worked with. Knowing that he’s at the club played a big part in my decision.

“The Mariners are a family club, I’ve heard that it’s a great playing group they’ve got there, a really tight group. We want to be successful and that’s why I am here.

“My main objective now is to work hard during the pre-season, have a great season and help the Mariners get back on that pedestal,” Birighitti said.

Head Coach Alen Stajcic welcomed Birighitti and touched on the importance of competition for places.

“We’re really excited to bring Mark to the club,” Stajcic said. “Successful teams have competition for places across the board and that’s no different in the goalkeeping ranks. We want the keepers to be pushing each other day in, day out.

“Mark’s CV speaks for itself. He has national team experience, played overseas in Holland, England and Italy, so we know what he’s capable of.

“We look forward to welcoming Mark on his first day and continuing our pre-season preparations,” Stajcic said.

Birighitti will commence training at the Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence next week.

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The Central Coast Mariners are excited to announce the inclusions of Abraham Majok, Jai Ingham, Samuel Silvera and Daniel De Silva to the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 squad.

Majok (20), originally from Kenya and moving to Australia in 2005, began his NPL career in 2014 playing for Spirit FC. In 2016 he moved to the Western Sydney Wanderers youth and then promoted to the Hyundai A-League squad. He has signed on a one year deal.

Fast paced attacker, Jai Ingham (25) makes the move to the Mariners from Melbourne Victory where he spent the last two seasons. Having also represented New Zealand on an international level, the winger is joining the Yellow & Navy on a two year deal.

Young Socceroo Sam Silvera (18) also joins the squad on a one year scholarship deal. The former Western Sydney Wanderers youth star was part of the successful U20s Championship squad in 2017, also taking out the Wanderers Youth Player of the year honours. Silvera is looking forward to beginning his professional career with the Mariners.

Finally, Daniel De Silva will be returning to the Mariners after the conclusion of his one year loan deal with Sydney FC. De Silva was the first player to be part of the Hyundai A-League Intra-league loan system which came into place in 2018.

Head coach Alen Stajcic is pleased with the squad that is forming so far, but knows he still has some key signings to make.

“We’re really excited at the recruitment process that we have undertaken so far” Stajcic said.

“We have a few key positions that we need to fill, including a goalkeeper. It’s been extensive, both domestically and internationally. We’ve nearly completed our domestic signings so far but we’ve still got our visa players to come which we will hopefully be in a position to announce shortly.”

The team will commence their pre-season training on Monday 24 June 2019.

Current Squad:

Jack CLISBY, Daniel DE SILVA, Giancarlo GALLIFUOCO, Jai INGHAM, Abraham MAJOK, Michael MCGLINCHEY, Jacob MELLING, Jordan MURRAY, Joshua NISBET, Tommy OAR, Adam PEARCE (GK), Kye ROWLES, Mario SHABOW, Samuel SILVERA, Matt SIMON, Ruon TONGYIK

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