Central Coast Mariners have confirmed the signing of Portuguese winger Fabio Ferreira on a two-and-a-half year contract.
Ferreira links with the Mariners from rival A-League outfit Adelaide United who are said to be close to signing Spanish attacker Miguel Palanca.
A former Sporting Lisbon and Chelsea FC youth player, Ferreira averaged a goal every five games and contributed strongly to Adelaide's efforts since linking with the Reds in 2012.
Mariners boss Phil Moss said Ferreira, who is due to arrive on the Central Coast later this week, will add quality to his side’s attacking third.
“I am delighted to have secured the signature of a player I believe is one of the top wingers in the Hyundai A-League,” Moss said.
“Fabio is an excitement machine, possesses genuine pace, and has a very strong record in the competition in terms of goals and assists.
“He is also a player of fantastic character, a player who puts the team’s aims ahead of his personal ambitions.
"That is one of the reasons why he has been a fan favourite in Adelaide and we’re sure he will become a fan favourite during his time with us.
“What also impressed me is that the first thing Fabio said to me is that he knows he needs to work hard to get into the team.
"He understands that we have quality players at the club and that he’ll have to compete for his place each week.
“With the right application we’re sure Fabio will have a real impact for us in the back half of this season, and during our 2015 AFC Champions League campaign.”
The Mariners, who are currently sitting eighth on the A-League ladder, received a 5-1 shellacking at the hands of Sydney FC on Saturday.