Clark to join Arnold at Vegalta

Japan bound ... Andrew Clark will join Graham Arnold (Getty)

Central Coast Mariners head of sports science Andrew Clark will follow Graham Arnold to Japan to work for Vegalta Sendai, the Gosford club said.

As a foundation Mariners player and strength and conditioning guru, Clark has served his hometown club with distinction and pride since 2005.

With Arnold recently inking a deal to mentor the J.League outfit, Clark has been recruited by his former Mariners colleague to assist him over the next two seasons in the land of the rising sun.

Clark said the challenge of working in Asia’s top domestic league is something he is extremely excited about.

'In the past I have been offered the chance to work at other sporting clubs in Australia, but to be frank I have never wanted to work at any other sporting club in Australia," Clark said.

'This opportunity takes me to another level and gives me the chance to chase my dream of working at the highest standard I can in the football world.

'My respect, loyalty and love for the Mariners doesn’t stop because I’m leaving.

"The Mariners will always be my team and as a group we are so proud of what we have achieved. Arnie and I will do our best in Sendai, and back in Australia the Mariners will be in capable hands with Phil Moss, John Crawley and Wayne O’Sullivan."

Mariners coach Moss said that Clark will depart the club with the blessing of management, staff, players and fans.

'Andrew has been a great contributor to the success of the Central Coast Mariners since year one," Moss said.

'As much as anyone, Andrew epitomises what the Mariners are all about and we know local people think extremely highly of him."

Clark will continue working with Central Coast until round 10 when the Mariners travel to the city of churches to take on Adelaide United.

Source: SBS