Central Coast Mariners head coach Phil Moss will decide on whether to sign Japanese midfielder Yukihiro Yamase following this week’s F3 derby.
Yamase has been trialing with the Mariners for a week as they look to bring in a replacement for injured number 10 Marcos Flores. The 29-year old attacker is currently without a club and is believed to have paid his own way to come down under.
“We’ve been looking at him,” Moss said. “Whether we go down that route or not, has yet to be seen. Certainly we’ve been having a good look at him and some other players as well.
"It was just fortunate that we could get him over and actually see him first-hand for a week. I’ll make a decision on that one on the weekend.”
Yamase came through the ranks with Yokohama F. Marinos and made more than 40 appearances in the J-League for the club. The left-footer moved to second-division side Sagan Tosu in 2010 after a loan spell, but then departed for Kataller Toyama last year. However he made just 11 appearances for the second-division club.
Moss said the Mariners have a few options when it comes to possible replacements for Flores. FourFourTwo understands the club may look to bring down two young Queenslanders to trial next month.
“I can’t say which way we’re going to go at this stage but certainly it’s been good to open our eyes to what’s out there and there’s been a lot of agents putting names forward because they know that we’ve got some spots to fill,” Moss said.
“It will be hopefully the right choice of course, not just as a player but a person as well, they have to fit our culture and fit into the dressing room seamlessly and also add some real quality from the get-go on the field.”1 comment