Gameiro handed A-League lifeline by Mariners

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Injury-plagued attacker Corey Gameiro has been thrown an A-League lifeline by Central Coast Mariners.

Released last week by Brisbane Roar, the 25-year-old has signed on with the Mariners for next season.

It gives the one-time Fulham prospect another chance to get his promising career back on track.

Gameiro has shown flashes of absolute quality over the years but his progress has been repeatedly hampered by a seemingly endless run of fitness issues, including three knee reconstructions.

Roar coach John Aloisi signed him a one-year deal for the 2017-2018 season but the Port Kembla product was unable to score in 18 appearances - all but two of them coming off the bench.

Brisbane subsequently cut him and have opted for state-league goal machine Dylan Wenzel-Halls as their preferred back-up for high-profile recruit Adam Taggart.

Gameiro, however, can now look forward to his first injury-free pre-season in several years at the Mariners under new coach Mike Mulvey.

"To get through last season and feel good – to finish hard sessions and games and feel strong is something that I am really looking forward to building on," Gameiro said.

"I haven't started a pre-season in four years so to start a pre-season and get some minutes into the legs is something I am really looking forward to.

"The opportunity to come to the Central Coast Mariners and rebuild, is something that excites me. As an individual, I've been through adversity – I think the club has gone through that as well in recent years. It's time for the club to come out of that and it's something I really want to be a part of.

"I'm itching for pre-season, I can't wait to get started. I know a handful of the boys from when I was captain of the Australian Under-23's, they know what sort of person I am and how hungry I am to succeed so I will be there from day one of pre-season to drive that as much as I can.

"Getting the right people here at the Mariners is so important because they are the people you are going to go to war with, go to battle with. You need people next to you, that you're going to look across at and know that he wants it just as much as I do."

Gameiro will join former Western Sydney Wanderers defender Jack Clisby as Mulvey's first two signings as part of an overhaul of the squad that finished bottom of the A-League.

"Corey is exactly the type of personality we need at the Mariners," Mulvey said. "He is hard-working, motivated and a player that will take this opportunity with both hands.

"We are working hard to add more attacking weapons to our front third this season and Corey is the first, of several new players we will bring in to the strengthen that area of our game."

Source: AAP