Central Coast Mariners can this morning confirm media speculation that former Qantas Socceroo utility Mile Sterjovski has agreed terms with the Club on an initial one-season contract.
The experienced and highly regarded Sterjovski, who represented Australia under Guus Hiddink and Mariners boss Graham Arnold at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, will arrive on the Central Coast on Monday to formalise his deal with the yellow and navy.
Having worked with Sterjovski for many years with the National Team, Arnold this morning spoke of his delight that the former LOSC Lille, FC Basel and Derby County player will link with the 2011/12 Hyundai A-League Premiers.
“I’ve known Mile for a long time and he will bring a lot of quality and experience to our squad,” Arnold said.
“He is a great guy who will fit in perfectly with the culture we have built at the Mariners.”
“Mile knows where the back of the net is and I am looking forward to him getting some goals for the Club.”
Meanwhile, Arnold said the forthcoming addition of Sterjovski to Central Coast’s roster would assist his many young players in their professional development.
“Our squad has nine Australian players under the age of 22,” he said. “Our belief is in Australian youth again at the Mariners next season and this policy has served us well in the past.”
“Mile’s experience in testing leagues overseas and with the Socceroos will help our young boys enormously.”
After Sterjovski signs the Mariners will have 22 of a possible 23 players contracted for the 2012/13 campaign, and Arnold indicated he intends to leave one place open for the time being.
Sterjovski played for Wollongong, Sydney United and Parramatta in the National Soccer League before enjoying a fruitful career abroad. He returned to play for Perth Glory in the Hyundai A-League in 2009, and most recently turned out for Chinese Super League side Dalian Aerbin.