Central Coast Mariners get their Mané

Central Coast Mariners have boosted their strikeforce with the signing of one-time Senegalese international Malick Mané for the 2014-15 A-League season.

The 25-year-old joins the Mariners from Swedish club IFK Göteborg on a one-year loan deal.

Mané began his career in Senegal for Casa Sports, with stints in Norway for Sogndal Fotball and Sandefjord Fotball as well as a season at FK Aktobe in Kazakhstan. 

The striker, who stands at roughly 5'8 and weighs over 80kgs, has represented his country on one occasion - a friendly match against Niger in November 2012.

“My attributes are that I work hard for the team, and try and do everything for the team – especially scoring goals,” Mané said from Sweden.

“(Alessandro) Del Piero played in Australia, so I am happy to play my football there. I have read that Central Coast Mariners are a very good team, so I will be happy to represent the club.”

Mané is a likely replacement for Bernie Ibini, who joined Sydney FC in May, but Mariners head coach Phil Moss hinted that another attacking recruit may be announced as early as next week.

“We’ve been looking for dynamic, attacking players during our recruitment process and Malick certainly possess the attributes we’ve been looking for,” Moss said.

“He’s a very powerful player, he’s pacey, he’s good in one on one situations, and he’s a natural finisher, so we’re delighted to have finalised his loan move.”

"Along with Mitchell Duke, Matt Simon, Nick Fitzgerald, Isaka Cernak and Tom Slater, Malick Mane provides us with another strong option in attack.

"And, we hope to have another attacking recruit finalised over the coming days."

Mané will link up with his teammates in Australia later this month.