Tommy Oar completes move to Central Coast Mariners

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The wide man is returning Down Under for his third stint in the A-League

Socceroos winger Tommy Oar has sealed his move to Central Coast Mariners - signing a contract with the club for the next two seasons.

The 26-year-old has been without a club since terminating his contract with Cypriot side APOEL Nicosia earlier this month.

Oar's signing is part of an aggressive off-season in the player market from the Gosford club, which includes the trial of Olympic champion Usain Bolt and the acquistion of former Melbourne City striker Ross McCormack.

"The Central Coast Mariners are a great club, I’m honoured. I’m really grateful to be given this opportunity by the Mariners and I can’t wait to get stuck in," Oar said.

"I feel like the Central Coast is somewhere that I can belong. Coming back now, I have a lot more experience than I ever have playing in the A-League and I hope to be an influential figure in the team.

"I want to help the team to success. I know the Mariners have had a difficult couple of years but historically, the Mariners have experienced a lot of success and I believe that I can help put this team back up where they belong."

It will be Oar's third stint in the A-League after bursting on to the scene with Brisbane Roar as a teenager in 2008 and also returning to Suncorp Stadium during the the 2016-17 campaign.

Capped 28 times for the green and gold, Oar's most famous moment came in 2013 when he scored from a mis-hit cross against Japan in Saitama - a goal which helped Australia secure a crucial draw on their path to World Cup qualification.

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He spent five relatively successful seasons at Dutch Eredivisie club Utrecht from 2010-15 before an ill-fated move to Championship side Ipswich saw him frozen out after only six matches.

Oar will be in line to make his Mariners debut against his old team Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium on October 21.

 

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