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Mariners snap up Pandurevic

January 15, 2015 12:02:21 UK

Central Coast Mariners have handed Dejan Pandurevic an early birthday present by signing him to a contract until the end of the season.

Pandurevic has been on trial with the Gosford-based club since last month, after being denied a deal in Britain as he did not have a work permit.

The attacking ace will turn 18 this weekend, and is delighted to have successfully come through his trial with the Mariners, who are 26.00 to win the Grand Final.

It’s my first professional contract. It’s fantastic news for myself, my family and a great reward after all my hard work over the years.

Dejan Pandurevic

He had followed in the footsteps of former Central Coast midfielder Tom Rogic in winning a spot at the Nike Academy in the United Kingdom, having impressed in a class of 64 at the Australian trials.

Pandurevic played for the Mariners in the National Youth League last season, and will now have the chance to make the grade in the A-League.

“It’s my first professional contract. It’s fantastic news for myself, my family and a great reward after all my hard work over the years,” he said.

The youngster said he would be working hard at training every day to try to impress Mariners coach Phil Moss, who he played under when he was at Manly United.

Moss described Pandurevic as a player of great potential with a fantastic attitude, adding: “He’s technically good, and strong for his age and size. He was one of the standouts in our youth team last year. I think being over in England really toughened him up physically.

“We’ve given him an opportunity until the end of the season and we’ll see how he goes. I’ve got no fear giving young kids an opportunity if I feel they are ready, but they need to work hard and they have to win that spot on their merits.”

The attacking midfielder joins with the Mariners sitting four points outside the Finals Series places but having played a game more than sixth-placed Melbourne City. Central Coast are 3.25 to finish in the top six.

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