Central Coast Mariners starlet Sam Silvera has been rewarded for his strong pre-season and FFA Cup form with a Hyundai A-League contract that will see him with the club until May 2022.
The 18-year old, who was on a scholarship deal, caught the eye of fans during an impressive string of FFA Cup performances, including a goal against Brisbane Roar after he came off the bench at Dolphin Stadium in the Round of 16.
Speaking ahead of the Mariners blockbuster Hyundai A-League round one clash against the Western Sydney Wanderers, Silvera said it was a dream come true to get his first professional contract.
“It’s a very exciting time for me and really I’m just stoked for this to happen on the eve of the season,” Silvera said.
“I have really enjoyed pre-season and the FFA Cup with the team, it was great to get a few wins under our belt, so I’m very thankful for this opportunity and I’m looking forward to the season starting this weekend.”
“I’m really happy for both myself and my family, they have done a lot to help me to this point so it’s very exciting for them too.”
Head Coach Alen Stajcic said it was just reward for Silvera’s hard work on the training pitch and performance with the Mariners so far.
“Sam has shown excellent work ethic and a great attitude on and off the pitch since coming in, and this is a great step for him in his career,” Stajcic said.
“His performances have caught the eye of a lot of people, and to have him as part of the Mariners for the next few years is a very exciting prospect for our fans.”
After last week’s FFA Cup loss to Adelaide, the Mariners focus is firmly on Saturday’s clash with the Wanderers, before a massive F3 Derby against Newcastle the following weekend.