Central Coast Mariners have today added 2008 Beijing Olympian and former West Ham United junior Trent McClenahan to the clubs' 2012 AFC Champions League roster.
Most comfortable at right fullback, 27-year-old McClenahan can also play in midfield and will add further depth to Graham Arnold’s squad as the club embarks on its second AFC Champions League adventure.
“First of all I am very happy to get the deal over the line and I’ll look forward to the ACL campaign with the Mariners. Hopefully we can continue the successful season that it’s been to date,” McClenahan said.
“Personally, I just want to try and help the club as much as I can throughout the ACL campaign.”
While the Mariners have numerous options at right fullback, including Pedj Bojic, Trent Sainsbury and James Oates who are all contracted for the 2012 AFC Champions League, McClenahan said he is looking forward to the challenge of earning a place in the team.
“The team is doing really well so it’s going to be very difficult to get into the team for starters,” he said. “I will just keep working as hard as I can and doing as well as I can and hopefully I get a chance.”
McClenahan featured prominently for former Qantas Australian U23s mentor Graham Arnold in the 2008 Olympic campaign, playing all three group matches for the Olyroos at the Beijing Games.
“I know what Trent is capable of,” Arnold said. “He will add further quality to our squad and given we are allowed to sign 30 players for the Champions League he is a great addition for the team.”
Central Coast Mariners Chairman, Mr Peter Turnbull, today welcomed McClenahan to the Mariners.
“We are excited to have a player with such international experience with various Australian national teams, and who always has played successfully in the United Kingdom, join us on the Coast,” Turnbull said.
“McClenahan adds tremendously to Arnie’s (Graham Arnold’s) depth and is able to play in a number of positions. We can't wait to see him in action."