Former Liverpool great Luis Garcia has signed a marquee deal with A-League outfit, Central Coast Mariners, until the end of the season.
The former Spanish international and UEFA Champions League winner was in Sydney for the Liverpool legends 4-0 defeat of the Australia's legends last week.
The 37-year-old, most recently listed as "retired", scored a double in front of 40,000 at ANZ Stadium.
Coach Tony Walmsley said Steven Gerrard spoke glowingly of his former teammate - as did the rest of the Liverpool lineup.
"When they found out we wanted a person to pass on his experience to a lot of young players...the tips from within Liverpool were you couldn't get a better man," Walmsley told Fox Sports.
"He's going to give us a lot of quality on the pitch as well, and hopefully bring in a lot of spectators everywhere we go."
During a stellar career the attacking midfielder notched up 150 La Liga games and played for Atletico Madrid and Barcelona before signing with Liverpool in 2004 until 2007.
He last played for Atlético de Kolkata in the Indian Super League in 2014 but was not re-signed in 2015 due to injury concerns.
Garcia is expected to link up with his new teammates for their home clash with Western Sydney Wanderers next week.
He will inject some much-needed experience into the Mariners youthful outfit which has seen an exodus players in recent months, most recently Anthony Caceres and Nick Fitzgerald.
Garcia said he was excited by the new challenge.
“I am delighted to be joining a club like the Central Coast Mariners," he said.
"This is an exciting challenge for me to play in the Hyundai A-League and with such a progressive club like the Mariners.
“I am really looking forward to being on the Coast, meeting my fellow players, meeting the fans and to entertain them with my style of play.
“One of the things that attracted me to the club was the opportunity to share my experience with a young playing group. I am also looking forward to playing football in one of the most beautiful places in the world."comments