Flores released by Victory

Heralded as the star attraction in Ange Postecoglou's new-look line-up last season, ex-Adelaide United man Marcos Flores struggled to live up to his marquee billing

Melbourne Victory have confirmed the release of marquee Argentine Marco Flores after just one season at the club.

Victory could be set to step up their pursuit of Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis to fill their marquee spot, with Flores' exit suggesting they may be close to landing their man.

Meanwhile, the Central Coast Mariners are expected to confirm the signature of Flores, utilising the marquee player spot for the first time in the club's history after several key attacking players, including Bernie Ibini and Daniel McBreen, the latter on a long-term loan, departed the champions.

The Mariners and their coach Graham Arnold have traditionally been reluctant to dip into the foreign talent pool, but with Flores now available, they may be set to capitalise on his signature.

Flores scored four goals from 24 appearances in the first season of a two-year deal but failed to rediscover the touch that saw him claim the A-League's player of the season award at Adelaide United in 2010-11.

Karagounis meanwhile was part of the Greece squad that pulled off a stunning upset to win Euro 2004, and, like Socceroo Mark Schwarzer, is available after being released by English Premier League side Fulham in the off-season.

Reports suggest Victory coach Ange Postecoglou met with the midfielder in Athens earlier this month with a view to lure the former Panathinaikos, Inter Milan and Benfica star to the A-League.

Karagounis' signing would add considerable depth to Victory's midfield, with the 36-year-old able to play both a holding and more advanced role.

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