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Mariners confirm Fletcher deal

  • Mariners confirm Fletcher deal

Central Coast have confirmed the signing of former Young Socceroo Matthew Fletcher until the end of the 2016-17 A-League season.

Fletcher has been seeking a new club since returning to Australia after several years in England in development squads of clubs such as Sunderland, Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City.

The 23-year-old has been training with the Mariners since before Christmas and coach Tony Walmsley says he's been impressed by Fletcher's attitude.

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"He needed to work hard for this opportunity after time out through injury and has shown a real appetite and dedication to his craft," Walmsley said.

"His potential excites me. He has all the makings of a top class striker and we expect him to start to fulfil that potential and be a great contributor to the Mariners' future success."

Fletcher, who two goals in 10 Australian Under-20 appearances, will be eligible for selection for Saturday's clash with Western Sydney.

That game also looms as a potential debut for marquee signing and former Liverpool and Spain star Luis Garcia.

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