Central Coast Mariners have seemingly recruited well during the off-season and their latest signings may well be instrumental in their search for finals football. A-League journeyman and new recruit Andrew Hoole spoke to The Football Sack about what the Mariners’ faithful can expect for the coming season.

Mariners’ coach Paul Okon moved quickly over the break to secure Hoole’s signature and bring the Newcastle junior into his squad. The Central Coast boss is familiar with the dynamic winger’s ability from his time coaching the 23-year-old as part of the Australian youth team. Hoole joins the Mariners from rivals Newcastle Jets with the hope of reinvigorating his footballing career and he believes that Okon may just be the coach to provide that spark.

The new Mariner was widely tipped for a move abroad following his departure from the Jets, however any potential transfer failed to come to fruition and the midfielder signed on for Mariners with ambitions to reignite his career under Okon.

“He [Okon] was very important in my decision to join the Mariners, obviously I’ve worked with him before in the national team,” said Hoole.

The former Jet said Okon’s latest signings will only improve their chances of making the top six.

“The club has signed some good players and we’re hopefully moving in a positive direction,” he said.

“We’ve got two Dutch players [Tom Hiariej and Wout Brama], Daniel De Silva has come in as well and the two at the back, Alan Baro and Antony Golec have joined us and done quite well so far.”

Hoole added that his new team is constantly improving but stressed that they’re taking everything one step at a time.

“We’re just concentrating on ourselves week in, week out and making sure we put in good performances,” Hoole said.

In terms of his own objectives for the season the 23-year-old said he will be focusing on his attacking options and looking to provide a goal-scoring outlet.

“I want to improve in terms of goals and assists in the front third,” said Hoole, “this is key for me this season.”

However the 23-year-old will have to watch his side’s first match of the season from the sideline due to a suspension carried over from last season. Nevertheless the winger said he’ll be raring to go for their Round 2 encounter with Western Sydney Wanderers.

Judging by the their pre-season results the Mariners may just be heading in the right direction to bring finals football back to the Central Coast this season. Okon’s men produced a 2-0 win over Melbourne Victory and most recently held Sydney FC to a 0-0 stalemate in their final encounter before the start of their 2017/18 A-League campaign.

The Mariners kick off their 2017/18 A-League campaign with the F3 derby against the Jets at Central Coast Stadium this coming Saturday.

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