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YOUNGSTER James Oates will wear the number 22 kit for the Central Coast Mariners this Hyundai A-League campaign.

YOUNGSTER James Oates will wear the number 22 kit for the Central Coast Mariners this Hyundai A-League campaign.

The 2012/13 season will be Oates- first as a professional after he proved his quality by captaining the Central Coast Mariners to the National Youth League glory last season.

Despite the massive transition from NYL to A-League, Oates has proven he is up to the challenge. Indeed, throughout the pre-season Oates has dominated many of the Mariners physical tests.

Oates believes hard work is the perfect way to prepare himself for life in the A-League, and show his dedication to the team.

The youngster is hoping to have an injury free season to give himself the best opportunity to develop as a player and to possibly make his Hyundai A-League debut for the yellow and navy.

Oates is grateful he is working under Coach Graham Arnold and has a great role model in teammate Pedj Bojic.

“Pedj is one of the best backs in the league, and I have a lot to learn from him.”

If Oates continues to train hard and learn from the experienced players around him he will undoubtedly reach his full potential.

Keep an eye for James Oates this Hyundai A-League campaign!

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