Appiah in Central Coast homecoming
“It feels really good to be back, everyone has welcomed me with open arms,” Appiah said.
“It’s very different to when I was here [in 2011], the set up is incredible and it actually took my breath away, it’s a very professional environment.
“Tony Walmsley was the one that took me from playing in the State League and I ended up in the Mariners youth team, he’s helped me a lot and I am forever grateful for the opportunity he gave me back then and the opportunity he is giving me now.
Appiah had been keen on a return to the Central Coast for some time but it has only now eventuated.
“I wanted this reunion earlier but I’ve been elsewhere and at the end of the day I am finally back here which feels unreal," Appiah said.
“Tony, Hutch and the rest of the staff have been fantastic and I will do everything that I can to repay that faith.
“After winning the Youth League with the Mariners back in 2012 with an incredible team I was faced with a tough decision. Staying with the Mariners or going back as one of the first signings for Western Sydney Wanderers, which was an opportunity, that I couldn’t refuse.
“To be honest, when I left Western Sydney there was only one A-League club I wanted to go to and that was the Central Coast and at the moment I am finally where I want to be.
“My goals for this season are to do well in pre-season, earn that chance, cement a spot in the starting XI and finally score some A-League goals."
Despite a rough start to his A-League career, Walmsley is confident that he can turn it around at the Mariners.
“Kwabena has a lot of experience for a young player, including being voted player of the ACL campaign for the Wanderers in 2014 when they were crowned Champions of Asia,” Walmsley said.
“We are confident that this is a perfect environment for him to fulfil his potential. He is ambitious and always wanted to play for the Central Coast Mariners and his recent contribution as a trilaist has warranted him with a short-term contract.
“He had a very good trial period, fits our attacking philosophy with outstanding physical attributes and holds a desire to refine his game."