Hungry like the Wolfe

The Central Coast Mariners playing squad will take on somewhat of a reggae flavour, following the arrival of Jamaican international Wolry Wolfe on a short-term injury replacement contract.

The Central Coast Mariners playing squad will take on somewhat of a reggae flavour, following the arrival of Jamaican international Wolry Wolfe on a short-term injury replacement contract.

The left-sided midfielder has been added to Lawrie McKinna-s lineup to cover for defender Shane Huke, who has been sidelined with a knee injury since the completion of the club-s inaugural Asian Champions League campaign.

"While it-s obviously bad luck for Shane, it gives us the chance to bring in and assess a player of Wolry-s quality, and we-re looking forward to having him on board for the next six weeks at least," said Mariners executive chairman Lyall Gorman.

Wolfe arrives at Bluetongue Stadium fresh from a championship winning stint at the Mariners- Hungarian Blades World partner club Ferencvaros, where he signed after impressing scouts at Sheffield United.

"Wolry comes highly recommended by our partners at Sheffield United, he is a Jamaican international, and we-re hopeful he-ll add a new dimension to the Mariners squad," Gorman said.

On the way to racking up his 14 senior caps for Jamaica-s "Reggae Boyz", Wolfe began his career with Jamaican Premier League outfit Hazard United (which had a name change to Portmore United in 2003) as a 19 year old in 2000, before making a move to Trinidad and Tobago-s professional league with Joe Public FC.

He made a brief return to Portmore before heading back to Joe Public, when Ferencvaros came knocking.

"He-s come in and looked OK at training after stepping off a 40-hour flight, he-ll train with the boys this week and we-ll see how he goes," said Mariners Football Manager Lawrie McKinna.

"Obviously disappointing news that we-re going to be without Hukey for six weeks, but it will give him a chance to fully recover from his knee injury, and also give Wolry a chance to show us what he-s got.

"Depending on how he goes, we-ll assess his performances and make a decision on where we go with him in the coming weeks," McKinna said.

Wolfe is in contention to join his new teammates in the Mariners- squad, when they play Perth Glory at Canberra Stadium this Friday, 4 September. Kick-off is at 8pm. Tickets for this match are available online here or by phoning 132 849.

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