McGlinchey compensates Mariners for early release

Central Coast Mariners have struck a deal with want-away midfielder Michael McGlinchey which will allow the Kiwi international to line up for Wellington Phoenix in the upcoming A-League season.

The Gosford outfit said McGlinchey, 27, agreed to "compensate" the club for the early termination of his contract bringing an end to the protracted tug-of-war between the two A-League clubs.

The Mariners have been scathing of the role of the players union in the case, while Professional Footballers Australia has been equally critical of the club’s contractual arrangements.

An independent arbitrator ruled in favour of the Mariners but earlier this week the club showed signs of relenting.

"Obviously we have a very special culture in the Mariners and that culture doesn't allow for anyone that doesn't want to be here," coach Phil Moss told Fairfax Media.

“Nor am I the type of coach that caters for players who don't want to be here.

"We had some great times with Mikey at the club but he made it clear to us he wanted to leave, under different financial terms.

"We're moving on with those who want to be a part of what we're doing and we've recruited some players, like Malick Mané and Richárd Vernes, who are very capable of having a big impact."

McGlinchey was contracted to the Mariners for the 2014-15 season, but went on loan to Vegalta Sendai in Japan at the time other players signed revised contracts as part of an ownership change at the club.

Without his signature, McGlinchey maintained he was a free to join his hometown club Phoenix and the PFA agreed.

The saga significantly disrupted the player's pre-season build up, with Wellington coach Ernie Merrick deriding the length of time it took Football Federation Australia to resolve the matter.

The Mariners released a statement on Thursday night thanking McGlinchey for his services to the club between 2009 and 2013.

The club wished the player “good luck” in the future and said it was satisfied that the matter was now resolved and “the club’s full focus can now be on success on and off the pitch throughout Hyundai A-League season 10.”