Ferreira targets 10 in finals football push

The Central Coast Mariners may have been bundled out of the FFA Cup Round of 32 by the Wellington Phoenix, but there is renewed hope in Gosford as the team arrows in for an A-League finals return.

Mariners' Portuguese winger Fabio Ferreira, or ‘La Fletcha’  as he is known for his shooting an arrow post goal celebration, is hoping to play a big role in the team's success.

The 26-year-old has set of goal of “at least 10” La Fletcha’s to get the Mariners into the top six.

“The goals for the team are obviously to be in the finals – every team wants to be in the finals,” Ferreira told Four Four Two.

“You don’t play just to play, you play to be in the finals. As a team that’s the main goal. From my perspective, first of all I don’t want to get injured. That’s my first point and after I want to play every game and I want to score. I want to help the team and I want to be the best I can.”

Ferreira made a somewhat surprising move away from the Reds to the Mariners in January. It was a move that was influenced by his desire to get more game time after he lost his spot in the Reds side to Awer Mabil.

 “Last season was a bad season, even when I came here it was already bad, and it didn’t get much better,” said Ferreira looking back.

“But that’s it, that was last season, sometimes it’s hard, but we’ve got to move forward. Everybody is looking forward and confident and I’m really confident that we can do well this year, and hopefully we will and prove that we can be up there with the big ones.”

Speaking about Phil Moss’s sacking towards the end of the A-League season, Ferreira said: “I signed because I knew him and I wanted to play under him.

“But that’s football and things change quickly. It was sad, it was hard but life goes on another person comes and takes care of the group and you just have to do your best.”

An injury slowed down La Fletcha at the beginning of last season and this time around the Sporting Lisbon youth graduate his hoping to get a proper preparation into his quiver.

“Last season in Adelaide I missed the pre-season, because of an ankle problem and that didn’t help, so after that I had little things, here and there,’ said Ferreira.

“But now I’m feeling good, hopefully nothing can stop me. And I believe if I have full pre-season under my belt I can be very strong.

“I was happy with my season last year. I could have done better. I always want to be better. I came to a club that was new for me, people didn’t know me. I think I did very well, so I want to keep doing well and even be better this season.”

Even with the inclusions of the likes of Eddie Bosnar, Liam Reddy and Josh Rose, the average age of the Mariners side is 23.  And Ferreira, who is only three years older himself, is as an elder statesman of the side.

“There’s a lot of young players but they all have quality, I feel like a senior, I’m not really a senior but I feel like one and I’ll take the responsibility to help the club to go forward and win games, and be good this season. As a senior player you have to want that.”

Con Stamocostas is an Australian football writer. Click here to see more of his work and check out the latest episode of his A-League Snobcast with co-host Rob Toddler.