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Powell, Appiah sign on with Mariners

  • Powell, Appiah sign on with Mariners

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 28: Nick Fitzgerald of Melbourne City (L) competes for the ball against Blake Powell of the Phoenix during the round 25 A-League match between Melbourne City FC and the Wellington Phoenix at AAMI Park on March 28, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)

The Central Coast Mariners have confirmed the signing of former Sydney FC and Wellington striker Blake Powell on a two-season A-League deal.

Powell secured a release from the Phoenix earlier this month to facilitate a move back to NSW to be closer to his family and will now join last year's wooden spooners in Gosford.

The 25-year-old has scored 12 goals in 42 career A-League appearances, including a four-goal haul against the Western Sydney Wanderers last season that included the second-fastest hat-trick in A-League history.

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"Blake is a hard worker; has great pace and makes smart forward runs," Mariners coach Tony Walmsley said.

"He has proved himself to be a goal scorer at both Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix and gives us a point of difference as a second striker or number 10.

"When we heard he had returned to NSW for family reasons and had been released by Wellington it made sense to make an approach and I'm delighted to be able to add him to our attacking options for the next two seasons."

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