Transfer news: Mariners release Portuguese flyer

The cleanout has continued at Central Coast with the Mariners confirming on Friday that Fabio Ferriera will leave to take up an opportunity with an overseas club.

Ferreira signed with the Mariners in January 2015 from Adelaide United, making 105 Hyundai A-League appearances across his time with both clubs, scoring 28 goals.

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The 27-year-old will depart the club immediately to embark on the next step of his football journey which will see him leave Australia and the Hyundai A-League.

In Ferreira’s first season with the club he claimed the Mariners’ joint Golden Boot honour.

“This is a good opportunity for me but at the same time it’s sad because I love Australia and the Mariners have been very good to me,” Ferreira said.

“The club, the fans, the office, the coaches, the players and everyone has been great so it’s mixed feelings right now.

“The people here on the Central Coast have been amazing since day one. The fans and supporters have been amazing so I am really going to miss everyone.

Fabio Ferreira is confident Central Coast Mariners can upset Melbourne City on Sunday afternoon.

“I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has supported me during my time at the Mariners.

“The club and its fans have always been there for me and for the team. I will be forever grateful for that and good luck to the team for the upcoming season and in the future.”

While excited about the next chapter in his career, Ferreira hasn’t ruled out a return to Australia down the track.

“You never know what can happen in football,” Ferreira said.

“I will go now and I may come back in one, two or three years. This is another opportunity for me but I love Australia, it’s a great country and I can see myself one day back here,” Ferreira said.

Ferriera is the third player in as many days to leave the Mariners, joining keepers Paul Izzo and Ivan Necevski.