Signing news: Mariners land former Newcastle striker Jair
The Central Coast Mariners can today confirm the signing of experienced Brazilian attacker Jair Eduardo Britto da Silva for the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season.
The 31-year old forward, with a formidable goalscoring record behind him, has been training with Alen Stajcic’s squad in recent weeks and has been cleared to play ahead of Western United’s visit on Sunday afternoon.
Stajcic spoke strongly of the Brazilian’s talent and of his work with the squad so far.
“Jair is a talented footballer, who has a proven scoring record in the Korean K-League and a number of other leagues around the world,” Stajcic said.
“He has trained with us in recent weeks and fitted into the squad well, and now I am excited to see him as a part of our team and what he can bring to the table in the A-League.”
After beginning his career in his native Brazil with strong form, Jair headed over to ply his trade in Asia, where he netted 20 times in 55 matches for Jeju United before making an impact in the Japanese J2 League and in the United Arab Emirates.
In 2016-17 he scored 26 times for Jeonman Dragons in the K-League before a short stint last season with the Newcastle Jets, and the forward said he is excited to begin his tenure with the Mariners.
“I am grateful for the opportunity that the coach and the club have given me now,” he said.
“It has been a time of evolution with everyone around me as I’ve trained with the team.”
“I feel comfortable working and achieving my ideal condition, and the opportunity is ahead to hopefully enjoy and build an impressive season with the boys.”
Jair will be available for selection in the Round 7 Squad to take on Western United at Central Coast Stadium on Sunday afternoon.