Mariners forge partnership with EPL's Everton

The Central Coast Mariners have announced a player development partnership with English Premier League side Everton.

In a statement released by the A-League outfit the Mariners said it would now have a direct access to the Merseyside club.

The partnership is expected to open the door to player exchanges and resource sharing.

The agreement will work both ways, with Everton hoping to utilise the Gosford outfit to provide potential first team opportunities for their Under-21 development players during the summer months.

Driving the partnership is Everton’s Joe Royle, who is responsible for the final phase of player development at the EPL club.

Royle noted the respect the Toffees holds for Australian football: “We have a long association with Australian players here at Everton.

“As far back as the 1960s I played with Dennis Yaager in the youth team. And all Evertonians will remember the contribution Tim Cahill made to the club. So we believe this is something with the potential to benefit the club.”

Mariners defender Eddy Bosnar also had a stint at Everton in 2004/05.

Central Coast coach Phil Moss said the partnership was the club’s next step in the development of world class talent.

“Make no mistake, this is a truly great day for this football club,” Moss said.

“It’s fantastic news for not only the Mariners, but the A-League that we’ve got a real tangible link with an English Premier League club off the back of what Manchester City is doing with Melbourne City.

“It opens up the door to player exchanges and resource sharing between the clubs and the coaching staff and there is hopefully the opportunity for myself and my staff to get over there and study the way they do things.

“It should be seen as a real opportunity for my players to develop as footballers and take their game to another level whilst also being under the watchful eye of the Everton coaching staff.

“We will be in very close contact with them and keeping them aware of players coming through our system as they will be with us: for potential future first team players of Everton coming out here for some quality game time at a very high level.

“We are in a very exciting rebuilding phase for the Mariners and to be able to establish a link with a club like Everton is testament to what we are about as a club.”

In 2013 the Mariners were linked to Scottish Premier League giants Rangers.