Signing news: Silvera 'just stoked' after inking Mariners deal

Central Coast Mariners starlet Sam Silvera has signed a Hyundai A-League contract that will see him in Gosford until May 2022.

The 18-year-old Australian youth international has impressed during the club's run to the FFA Cup 2019 Semi Final, scoring his maiden goal in professional football in Central Coast's Round of 16 win over Brisbane Roar.

He was previously tied to a scholarship deal, but four sleeps away from the Mariners' Round 1 clash with Western Sydney Wanderers, Silvera's professional dream has come true.

“It’s a very exciting time for me and really I’m just stoked for this to happen on the eve of the season,” Silvera told the club website.

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“I have really enjoyed pre-season and the FFA Cup with the team, it was great to get a few wins under our belt, so I’m very thankful for this opportunity and I’m looking forward to the season starting this weekend.

“I’m really happy for both myself and my family, they have done a lot to help me to this point so it’s very exciting for them too.”

Mariners boss Alen Stajcic said: “Sam has shown excellent work ethic and a great attitude on and off the pitch since coming in, and this is a great step for him in his career."

“His performances have caught the eye of a lot of people, and to have him as part of the Mariners for the next few years is a very exciting prospect for our fans.”

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