EXCITING attacking utility Nick Fitzgerald will play the next two Hyundai A-League seasons with Central Coast Mariners after agreeing to rejoin the club from Brisbane Roar.
Fitzgerald, 20, made one appearance for the Mariners in the 2009/10 A-League campaign, and is a former National Youth League player with Central Coast.
Having spent the past two seasons of Australia’s top flight in the Queensland capital, Fitzgerald has decided the time is right to commit to the yellow and navy in a bid to further his career under the guidance of Graham Arnold and his staff.
“The most important thing for me is to be playing regular, high quality football,” Fitzgerald said. “After some recent discussions with Graham Arnold, I am confident that I will be given that opportunity at the Mariners.”
Fitzgerald was a regular contributor in Brisbane’s 2011/12 season, however has found game time somewhat harder to come by this campaign for Mike Mulvey’s men.
Nevertheless, the attacking ace is rated as one of Australia’s emerging young stars and Arnold believes the Australian youth international will slot seamlessly into his squad.
“With Nick we know exactly what we are going to get,” Arnold said. “We know he is a player of enormous potential.”
“We believe we can help Nick take his game to the next level and for us he ticks all of the boxes when we look to sign a player. He’s a good, Australian kid with great ability, but perhaps more importantly he’s driven to succeed in his professional career.”
Central Coast Mariners Chairman, Mr Peter Turnbull, welcomed Fitzgerald back to the Club.
“Everyone at the Mariners is excited that Nick Fitzgerald is coming back to the Club,” Turnbull said. “Undoubtedly he has learnt a lot in his time at Brisbane Roar under Ange Postecoglou, Rado Vidosic and Mike Mulvey, and we look forward to him wearing the Central Coast kit again next season under Graham Arnold."
"We are always keen to give young Aussie players opportunities and Nick actually started with us, so it is good to get him home."