Mariner Flores 'ready to eat the world'

The Argentine, who became increasingly eccentric on social media in recent months, has finally escaped his Victory nightmare, sealing a switch to Central Coast Mariners

Marcos Flores has completed his transfer to A-League champions Central Coast Mariners after being released by Melbourne Victory.

Argentine Flores, signed last season amid much fanfare as Ange Postecoglou's marquee man, was officially let go by Victory having failed to recapture the form which earned him the Johnny Warren Medal as A-League player of the year during his time with Adelaide United.

The 27-year-old had a year remaining on his contract with Victory, but will now have a chance to restore his reputation under Graham Arnold in Gosford.

"I am so happy to be able to play again with a smile on my face," Flores said.

"I am ready to eat the world for the Mariners."

"They are the champions, they are always successful, and it is exciting to join 'Arnie' (Arnold) as he wants me to be his number 10."

"I feel happy now and I have so much energy and enthusiasm for the Mariners."

"I have been good in the A-League before, but with the Mariners I will be better."

Arnold has lost strikers Bernie Ibini and Daniel McBreen, the latter on a long-term loan deal, to Shanghai East Asia and is hopeful Flores can help to fill the void left by their departures.

"We are excited to have signed such a talented player as Marcos Flores," Arnold said.

"It is well known that Marcos was Victory's marquee player last year, so for us to not only sign him but fit him inside the salary cap is a fantastic coup for the club.

"We are sure Marcos will be a great addition to the team."

Flores is expected to join up with his new team-mates in two weeks.

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