Mariners sign Heidelberg hero

As expected FFA Cup hero, Dan Heffernan, has signed a one-year deal with A-League club Central Coast Mariners.  

The 28-year-old Heidelberg United striker immediately endeared himself to the Mariners faithful when he scored a quick-fire hat trick against the Western Sydney Wanderers during a pre-season trial in Coffs Harbour.

Since then, the prolific Manchester born front man has continued to impress for The Bergers in the FFA Cup.

Most recently he scored the quickest goal in Cup history, after just 26 seconds, helping the Victorian side defeat Sydney United 58 for a spot in the quarter finals.

After three seasons in the NPL, Heffernan has signed his first professional contract and will link up with his new teammates today for a pre-season camp.

Mariners coach Tony Walmsley said: “Heff is a proven goalscorer over a long period of time and gives us a point of difference in attack that we currently don’t have.

“He gives us the opportunity to play two up front, added height in the front third and like we saw in our pre-season match against the Wanderers, he is a real goalscoring threat.

“We’ve had the added advantage of getting Dan into the camp environment on our trip to Coffs Harbour and his character has been well received by everyone, he’s a good fit for us."

Heffernan spoke exclusively with about his determination to repay the belief Walmsley had shown in him.

“I’ve had people say to me that I could play full-time football but no one has actually taken the punt," Heffernan said.

"Tony has seen something in me and gone with it so I am happy to be signing and thankful to Tony for the opportunity.

“There’s a good mix of players (at the Mariners) between the more experienced boys and the core of younger lads.

"(John Hutchinson) filled me in on what the Mariners are about, as well as the area, it all seems like a really good fit for me."

Heffernan said he was keen to get into a full-time ennvironment and learn from the likeness of Mariners' new recruit, Roy O'Donovan.

Current Central Coast Mariners 2014/15 Hyundai A-League squad: Paul Izzo (gk), Storm Roux, Joshua Rose, Jacob Poscoliero, Harry Ascroft, Mitch Austin, Fabio Ferreira, Nick Montgomery (c), Roy O’Donovan, Anthony Caceres, Nick Fitzgerald, Liam Reddy (gk), Matt Sim, Liam Rose, Glen Trifiro, Josh Bingham, Anthony Kalik, Mickey Neill, Jake McGing, Eddy Bosnar, Daniel Heffernan