Mariners' keeper interest Czechs out

Central Coast Mariners coach Tony Walmsley has confirmed that the club are looking at signing a Czech goalkeeper after executive Vice Chairman Peter Storrie announced Liam Reddy had played his last game for the Mariners.

It is believed the goalkeeper is 19-year-old Czech youth international Jindrich Stanek.

However, the club have been blocked by Football Federation Australia, with foreign signings only allowed for players aged 20 and above. 

Walmsley, speaking after the Mariners' 2-1 loss to Melbourne Victory on Thursday, admitted the club have asked FFA for a rule change. 

"Yeah, we're working on the Everton link. There's a goalkeeper there available to us," Walmsley said.

"The problem is he doesn't meet FFA [regulations] from an age perspective, which we've asked them to revisit.

"We're talking about a 19-year-old 'keeper, a Czech international whose not age eligible to be a visa player. He needs to be 20.

"So we've asked if they could have a look at that. That would have meant we couldn't sign Wayne Rooney from Everton at 16, which would have been a bit of a shame."

Stanek moved to Everton from Sparta Prague in the January transfer window of 2014 but has yet to make a senior appearance at club level.