Ibini’s Shanghai switch incomplete

CENTRAL Coast Mariners wish to advise that contrary to media reports on Thursday, documents pertaining to the transfer of Bernie Ibini to Shanghai SIPG are yet to be finalised.

CENTRAL Coast Mariners wish to advise that contrary to media reports on Thursday, documents pertaining to the transfer of Bernie Ibini to Shanghai SIPG are yet to be finalised.

However, the Club can confirm it has reached an agreement in principle with Shanghai SIPG for the transfer of Ibini to the Chinese Super League outfit.

Central Coast Mariners Group General Manager, Mr Peter Turnbull, believes more care ought to be taken when reporting on incomplete transfers.

“It is disappointing to wake to headlines claiming our players have signed with others Clubs,” Turnbull said. “One media outlet today labelled three of our players as ‘gone-, yet truth be told agreements for the three players mentioned by the publication have not been executed.”

“It is common practice amongst football clubs around the globe not to speculate or comment about transfers until such time as the deal is complete. Incorrect reporting regarding player movement can lead to offers being withdrawn, to the potential disadvantage and disappointment of the player involved.”

“What we can say is that many young players in the Hyundai A-League, including Bernie Ibini, are interested in plying their trade overseas. Our Club is proud of the fact we have provided numerous players with the opportunity to not only impress foreign Clubs and represent Australia-s national teams, but also become wealthy young men.”

“Australia-s best young footballers are eager to play for our Club because they understand that league leading structures and policies are in place to enable them the opportunity to forge lucrative careers abroad after first providing outstanding service to the Central Coast region.”