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Bosnich signs for Mariners

Central Coast Mariners have confirmed that Mark Bosnich will join the club on a Guest Player contract and could take the field as early as this weekend.

Bosnich had been on trial during the past month and impressed coach Lawrie McKinna enough to offer the goalkeeper a contract to be the Mariner’s first ever guest player.

The fallen star now has the opportunity to take part in top flight football, in Australia, for the first time since 1991 and is available as soon as this Saturday, August 23, when Central Coast host Sydney FC at Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford.

“Since joining us as a triallist, Mark has proven to be an exceptional role model for not only the younger members of our playing group, but also our senior players,” said Mariners Executive Chairman Lyall Gorman.

“I have every confidence that by Mark continuing his stay with us in the capacity of a guest player, we have significantly boosted our aspirations on and off the pitch for the current season.”

Bosnich could become Mariners Mini Marquee

Mark Bosnich

REPORTS are starting to filter out from the Central Coast that the Mariners have offered ex-Socceroo Mark Bosnich a guest player position with the club for Version 4 of the Hyundai A-League.

The plan is to have the ex-Manchester Utd and Chelsea gloves-man play the first seven games of the season as a replacement for the suspended Ref-Slapper, Danny Vukovic.

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One more time: Mariners appeal Vukovic ban

The Central Coast Mariners have decided to have another go appealing Danny Vukovic’s nine month ban.

They haven’t ruled out taking the appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Vukovic received a red-card in the grand final after striking referee Mark Shields when he turned down a clear penalty with only minutes left in the match.

The original appeal succeeded in reducing the suspended part of the sentence but the actual time spent on the sidelines remained the same.

Despite this, the Mariners have decided to appeal again in the hope of having Vukovic available for the start of version 4 of the Hyundai A-League. Whatever the outcome of this appeal, it is almost certain that Vukovic will miss the chance to represent Australia at the 2008 Beijing Olympics

Mariners get their man Elrich

Ahmad Elrich celebrates The Central Coast Mariners have signed Ahmad Elrich on a two year deal after being released by the Wellington Phoenix. The one-time Socceroo will hope that this move will put him back onto Pim Verbeek’s radar for the 2010 World Cup.”Our signing of Ahmad is another clear showing of our intent for season four,” said Mariners executive chairman Lyall Gorman.

Elrich has been capped by his country 17 times and has scored five international goals. The 26 year old has had spells with Busan of South Korea, Fulham and Norways FC Lyn Oslo. He started his professional career with Parramatta Power in the now defunct NSL.

Elrich is the Mariner’s second signing for the 2008/09 Hyundai A-League Season joining Adrian Caceres from the Victory.

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