The experienced custodian will be back in the A-League next season, with the Bluetongue Stadium outfit offering him a second chance
Graham Arnold says the Central Coast Mariners' decision to sign Liam Reddy is all about offering the goalkeeper a chance of redemption.
The club confirmed on Friday they have handed a contract to the 32-year-old, who was sacked by Sydney FC in April last year after allegedly being drunk on a flight to Wellington ahead of a final against the Phoenix.
The reigning A-League champions have a void to fill between the sticks following the departure of Mat Ryan to Club Brugge in the off-season, and Reddy will now be afforded an opportunity to impress.
"We know what a quality goalkeeper he is," Arnold told Goal Australia.
"[If it wasn't] for his misdemeanours down in Sydney he'd still be the number one keeper at Sydney.
"We knew the quality Liam's got, we wanted to see how he'd fit in with the group. The players have embraced him, he's a good guy.
"He's much more mature now, he's got a lot to prove. That's what you like, to coach players who are motivated and want to prove something."
Reddy said he was grateful to be offered a chance to prove he was capable of competing again in the A-League, and is determined to adhere to the club's standards of behaviour.
"I acknowledge that I have made mistakes in my life and football career," he said in a statement released by the club.
"This is my last opportunity to play at the elite level in Australia and I intend to make the most of it.
"I have a zero-tolerance contract at the club, and give my guarantee that I will work hard to not only win over the fans but repay the faith that Graham [Arnold], [goalkeeping coach] John [Crawley] and the Mariners have shown in me."