Mariners boss explains why Central Coast recruit is ‘important’ to squad

Central Coast Mariners have signed Mexican-American midfielder Briana Woodall for the remainder of the 2023-24 Liberty A-League season.

Woodall’s arrival in Gosford concludes Central Coast’s transfer activity, with the 25-year-old the final player to be signed to the squad.

A former Mexico youth international, Woodall brings experience to the Mariners, having played for SC Rheindorf Altach in the Austrian Bundesliga before joining Club Leon in Mexico’s Liga MX Apertura.

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“It is great to have another versatile player joining us who has great experience playing overseas, she will add immense value to the group,” said Mariners head coach Emily Husband.

“Players like Briana bring important experience with her and will push the other players around her.

“It is awesome to finally have the entire group together. By having everybody in now we can really focus on us as a group and improving as a collective to make sure we continue to be successful on the pitch.”

The news comes as Central Coast prepare to host high-flying Wellington Phoenix in Round 5 of the Liberty A-League on Saturday.

Central Coast are sixth in the standings and three points outside the top four in their first season back in the competition following a 14-year absence.

“I am super excited to be joining the Mariners in the clubs first season back in the competition. It is a fresh start for the club in the league and for everybody as a team and I am thrilled to be a part of it,” Woodall said. 

“Emily and the girls have been so welcoming which has been awesome. I can’t wait until I am out on the field at the home stadium, scoring goals with the girls as everyone is on their feet cheering. It is going to be amazing.”