Central Coast Mariners Head Coach Tony Walmsley spoke about the significance of Luis Garcia's arrival on the Central Coast and the impact it will have on the Yellow & Navy.
"The Central Coast Mariners are proud to officially announce the Marquee signing of Luis Garcia. Garcia, the former Liverpool and Barcelona legend will bring to this club an amazing amount of experience and talent which is in line with our core strategy to deliver entertainment to football fans across the Central Coast and the rest of Australia,” Walmsley said.
"Luis Garcia plays an integral part in the development of our young playing group that we see as the future of this club.
"This signing is currently the only globally recognisable marquee player in the Hyundai A-League for this season so far.
"The Mariners are committed to leading the way in developing the Hyundai A-League’s global exposure and ensuring an increase to broadcast figures and attendances for the remainder of this season
"We would like to formally thank all of the sponsors who helped us take this next step towards becoming the most entertaining, innovative and community minded sports brand in Australia.
"In particular, the massive support from our locally based major sponsor Masterfoods, Rebel Sport, our shorts partner Universal LED and Westfield Tuggerah.
"This kind of support shows that as we continue to gain momentum with our corporate partners we will be able to achieve some fantastic results.
"We also put the call out to all potential partners and supporters to get on board and join IN with us on what is going to be a tremendous second half of the season. Garcia’s arrival presents some huge commercial opportunities for potential sponsors out there and to ensure that his arrival grows into the success it deserves, we need more corporate support to sustain this success for the remainder of the season.
"Whilst we proudly wear the current tag of being the Hyundai A-League's smallest club we also want to confirm our commitment to the region and playing our role to significantly grow Football in Australia,” Walmsley said.
Walmsley credited Central Coast Mariners Owner, Mike Charlesworth for his commitment to the Yellow & Navy.
“The owner, Mike Charlesworth has been incredible, he saved the club and has taken it from it’s knees so without him the Mariners doesn’t exist anymore,” Walmsley said.
“He has done an amazing job and for him to give everybody in our organisation the opportunity to embrace this and work with this is fantastic.
“We get battered from pillar to post as the little Club that couldn’t but we’re getting there and this is a testament to Mike's vision and I’m really proud to be here. This time last year I wasn’t expecting to be Head Coach of the Mariners and certainly wasn’t thinking about leading this team with Luis Garcia in it.
“This is a watershed moment for the organisation and I’m proud of Mike Charlesworth for what he’s done for the Club to keep us going the way he has and this is something for the whole league.
“We’ve got marquee players in the competition and some of them are playing really well but a true marquee for me is Luis Garcia and he’s playing for the Central Coast Mariners,” Walmsley said.
Luis Garcia's first match in Yellow & Navy
Saturday 23 January 2016
Match: Central Coast Mariners vs. Western Sydney Wanderers
Venue: Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Kick-off: 7:30pm (AEDT)
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 505
Radio Broadcast: 96.3 Coast FM
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