News | Ibini opts for Sydney switch

Central Coast Mariners Head Coach Phil Moss has today expressed his disappointment that attacker Bernie Ibini has opted to sign for Sydney FC rather than remain with the yellow and navy for a further Hyundai A-League season.

Central Coast Mariners Head Coach Phil Moss has today expressed his disappointment that attacker Bernie Ibini has opted to sign for Sydney FC rather than remain with the yellow and navy for a further Hyundai A-League season.

In April 2014, Ibini and his agent agreed to terms on a loan extension from his parent club Shanghai SIPG to the Mariners for the 2014/15 Hyundai A-League campaign.

However, Ibini has this afternoon signed with the Sky Blues.

“It is obviously disappointing to be losing a player of Bernie-s potential, especially given the amount of faith we have shown in him and hours we have put into him,” Moss said.

“We understand Bernie has signed on-loan from Shanghai with Sydney FC, and that Sydney offered a financially superior deal to both Bernie and Shanghai.”

“While we may not have been able to match these amounts we were given no right of reply by Bernie-s agent, which is extremely disappointing.”

“We can assure our Members and fans that we did everything in our power to keep Bernie Ibini at the Mariners, however he has chosen to continue his career in Sydney and we can now only wish him well for the road ahead. Bernie is a great kid from a wonderful family and I hope his development continues,” Moss concluded.