In form Central Coast Mariners winger, Fabio Ferreira is pumped to head into battle against his former club on Thursday when the yellow and navy take on Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium.
Ferreira has settled in perfectly on the Central Coast, scoring three goals in four Hyundai A-League appearances for the Mariners.
With a brace against Sydney FC on February 21 and a stunning strike against Melbourne City at the weekend, Ferreira has been a welcomed addition to the Mariners front third.
“You play to score and you play to win and obviously the more you can score the better,” Ferreira said.
When speaking of his most recent goal against Melbourne City on Sunday, Ferreira admitted that it was nothing he prepared at training but it was his intuition that kicked in to deliver a match winner.
“I didn’t train for that, it was the moment, I felt it and when I feel something I’ll do it and fortunately it was a goal,” Ferreira said.
The former Chelsea FC junior isn’t sure what reception he will receive from fans when arriving at Coopers Stadium in a Mariners kit and knows he needs to focus on his performance more than anything.
“I don’t know if I’m going to be booed, I don’t have a clue but I’m going to go there and play my game. Whatever comes from outside comes from outside,” Ferreira said.
Central Coast Mariners interim Head Coach, Tony Walmsley has every intention of playing Ferreira on Thursday night who is a crucial piece to his attacking arsenal.
“The reality is that we’ve contracted a player that Adelaide were happy to let go. He is a key asset to us and we need our assets playing,” Walmsley said.
Central Coast Mariners Executive Vice Chairman, Peter Storrie weighed in on the Gentleman’s Agreement that prevented Ferreira from taking part in the Mariners’ Round 16 fixture against the Reds.
“As far as I’m concerned Fabio will play. There should never be such agreements on a permanent transfer. I can understand if it were a loan, which this is certainly not.
“Adelaide are understandably worried about Fabio’s ability which makes me wonder why they would let him go in the first place,” Storrie said.
Thursday 12 March 2015
Match: Adelaide United vs. Central Coast Mariners – Hyundai A-League 2014/15 Round 21
Venue: Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
Kick-off: 7:30pm (AEDT)
Television: Live on FOX SPORTS 505
Radio: Live on 96.3 Coast FM & ABC Grandstand
Twitter: Join the match conversation using #ADLvCCM #CCMFC