Mariners proud of Rogic's Celtic switch

CELTIC Football Club confirmed the signing of Tomas Rogic on a four-and-a-half year contract overnight.

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CELTIC Football Club confirmed the signing of Tomas Rogic on a four-and-a-half year contract overnight.

Subject to appropriate authorities approving Rogic-s work permit, the attacker will be officially transferred from Central Coast Mariners FC to the Glasgow giants in the coming days.

Rogic made 28 competitive appearances for the yellow and navy in just over 12 months on the Central Coast.

The Canberra-born star scored five goals in 24 Hyundai A-League appearances for Graham Arnold-s team, and also represented the Club in its second foray into Asia-s premier Club competition, the AFC Champions League.

Moreover, Rogic earned his first four appearances for the Qantas Socceroos during his time with the Club.

With the transfer edging closer to completion, Central Coast Mariners Chairman, Mr Peter Turnbull, said Rogic-s move to the Scottish powerhouse highlights that the Mariners provide an elite environment for Australia-s top young football talents to flourish.

“We are delighted with the news that Tom Rogic has agreed personal terms with Celtic Football Club,” Turnbull said. “For us it is a proud day to have played a pivotal role in his development.”

“But Tom Rogic-s transfer to a Club of the magnitude of Celtic also underlines that we at the Mariners are developing talent exceptionally well."

“The systems we have in place from youth development through to the first team under the astute guidance of Graham Arnold - who did a tremendous job with Tommy - provide the best opportunity in Australia for young players to take the next step in their careers.”

“Fundamentally, this is why we are the Club of choice for many of Australia-s best young players, and we are confident our production line, and subsequently our first team, will continue to prosper."

"Central Coast Mariners have now helped launch the international careers of a number of players in Asia and Europe, and we will continue working hard to ensure we can provide the right environment so more of Australia's best young players can prosper at the Mariners. Here they are our first priority."

Turnbull also thanked agent Lou Sticca for his assistance in facilitating the deal.

“Lou was engaged to assist in the negotiation process with Celtic Football Club,” he said. “With the assistance of Lou, as well as constructive cooperation between Celtic, the Mariners and Tom-s management team, we have ensured all parties, and especially the player himself, are satisfied with the deal.”