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The championship-winning tactician has no plans to leave Gosford just yet, but he could well be lured away if the right opportunity presents itself

Graham Arnold is in talks to extend his Central Coast Mariners contract, but a new deal will not prevent him leaving the club for the right challenge overseas.

Already one of Australia's most respected coaches for his record in developing talented young players, Arnold's standing improved further still when he guided the Mariners to the A-League championship last season.

Linked with moves to the Chinese Super League and England, the 50-year-old expects to stay on at Bluetongue Stadium for the time being, but has made no secret of his desire to test himself elsewhere.

"I'm in a good space at the moment," he told Goal Australia.

"The training facility that's advancing here at the Mariners, that's getting built ... the club is moving forward. I really enjoy living along the coast and that's important on a personal level - being happy away from work as well."

"I'm looking to extend my contract from the Mariners for another one or two years. But my ambition to go overseas hasn't changed. If the opportunity comes to go overseas then I'll be able to go.

"For the moment I'm very happy here. I'm enjoying my job every day, I'm enjoying, with the rest of my staff, trying to develop young boys and make them into successful players."

Arnold infamously walked away from talks with Sheffield United, labelling the club's football philosophy 'prehistoric' following a video interview.

He was also close to joining Guangzhou R&F, only for former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson to beat him to the role.

"I wouldn't just go anywhere," he said.

"There were two half opportunities at Sheffield [United] and China that I had. One didn't suit and the other one was very close, but Sven-Goran Eriksson got it ahead of me.

"It has to be a club with ambition in a competition that has credibility. The A-League is getting better and better all the time. I've got ambitions to work overseas, but I'm happy here in Australia. I love the game of football in this country and it would take a lot for me to leave."

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