Central Coast Mariners announced a partnership with Liga Portugal club Portimonense SAD.
The club, which now competes in the Portuguese first division, has a long history of generating top-tier players via both its academy and first-team programmes.
This collaboration is intended to mutually benefit young development for both teams, as well as general progress for Portimonense and the Mariners, making it a strategically smart move from Mariners who also have a history of producing young talent.
The contract would allow prospective Central Coast players to transfer into Portuguese first division football, one of Europe’s best divisions, while the Mariners will receive access to outstanding players from Portimonense SAD to enhance their team.
This has already begun with Mariners signing Ronald Barcellos on loan, with the goal of assisting both teams in their respective divisions while also allowing our players to continue their football growth.
Central Coast Mariners’ Sporting Director Matt Simon is eager to be working with Portimonense.
“To be able to work closely with a club of Portimonense’s pedigree is extremely exciting and an opportunity that we are greatly looking forward to,” he said via press release.
“We are clubs who see youth development as extremely important and to be able to work together on this will only benefit us both.”
Central Coast Mariners Chairman Richard Peil also commented on the partnership outlining the importance of the alliance.
“We’d love to own a network of clubs to be able to help players progress their careers and maximise their value, but that is just not realistic,” he stated via press release.
“This is the next best thing. The relationship with Portimonense is an important step in our progression to becoming a self-funding football club.”
Officials from Portimonense’s elite coaching squad are scheduled to visit the Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence this month (February) to begin work on the relationship.