The Central Coast Mariners are unfazed by the challenge of facing one of the A-League's most decorated off-season recruits in their season opener in Gosford on Saturday.
Tony Walmsley's men come up against Perth Glory star Diego Castro but the mentor has bullishly warned the Spanish recruit, who made 32 appearances in La Liga last season with Getafe, he will be in for a tough night.
"He's a player that's going to be dangerous but if he comes up against a Mickey Neill or a (Jacob) Poscoliero, they've got great athleticism," he said.
"Castro or whoever the opposition bring in, however much money they've spent - bring it on. We can't wait to have a crack at them."