Mariners confirm signing John Aloisi
Central Coast have confirmed one of the biggest recruitment coups in A-League history by signing Socceroos star John Aloisi for the remainder of the season.
Aloisi has been without a club since his contract with Spanish club Alaves ended last season, and had previously been linked with Sydney FC, Adelaide United and the Wellington Phoenix, where his brother Ross is skipper.
But the A-League leading Mariners have surprisingly swooped to sign the 31-year-old striker, who wrote his name in Australian football folklore in late 2005 when he scored the winning penalty which sent the Socceroos to the 2006 World Cup.
Aloisi will join his teammates in Gosford in the coming days, and is a chance of make his Mariners debut as early as next weekend's NSW derby with Sydney FC at the Sydney Football Stadium.
"John Aloisi playing in the A-League - put simply, what a momentous achievement this is for the Central Coast Mariners and for the progression of Australian football," said Mariners executive chairman Lyall Gorman.
"Our coaching staff and playing squad have made an exceptional start to the A-League 2007/08 season and we see John's recruitment as one that will further strengthen our ambitions for trophies in season three.
"We are an ambitious club and I'm confident that by adding John to our existing playing roster, we have assembled the strongest Mariners line up in our short history and indeed, there is great cause for optimism moving forward."
Aloisi is the only Australian footballer to have competed in Europe's three major leagues - the English Premier League, the Serie A in Italy and Spain's La Liga.
He is also the Socceroos second greatest all-time goal scorer with his tally of 27 goals putting him behind only Damien Mori, who has also played for the Mariners in the A-League.
The Mariners play the Wellington Phoenix in Wellington on Sunday.