Jair a peculiar recruit for Central Coast Mariners

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Central Coast Mariners this week confirmed the signing of former Newcastle import Jair Eduardo Britto da Silva.

Jair was linked with the club since undergoing a fitness test a fortnight ago, and the 31-year-old has now joined the Mariners for the rest of the 2019/20 season.

 

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It’s hard to comprehend why manager Alen Stajcic has signed Jair. Perhaps an over-reliance on playmaker Milan Duric, who has netted three of the Mariners six goals thus far this season, has been motivation enough for the coach.

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Jair was already a gamble when Newcastle Jets signed him last year. The Brazilian had a barren stint for Chinese second-division side Yanbian Funde that saw him failing to hit the back of the net in eleven appearances.

Not surprisingly, Jair had been a free agent since being released by Newcastle at the end of last season where he secured only two goals in 20 appearances.

Despite a vast career that has seen him play in Korea, Japan, the UAE, China and Brazil, the 31-year-old has managed 54 goals from 183 senior appearances.

Desperate times do call for desperate measures.

Currently tenth on the table, Central Coast need strike power. Yet with Jair’s track record it’s clear he’s not the man for the job.

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Signed under the premise of being Newcastle’s lead striker, it is obvious Jair is set to play a similar role with the Mariners.

Plagued with misfiring and awkward fumbling on the field whilst at the Jets, Jair struggled to make crucial moments in front of goal count.

And after no competitive football for more than four months there are huge doubts Jair will make an impact.

If Jair can create the same energy that resulted in two productive stints in the K-League, for Jeju United then later at Jeonnam Dragons, the Mariners might improve their average start to the season.

The rest of this season will be crucial in determining whether Jair has any longevity with the Mariners. If fit enough, Jair should be ready for their next game against Western United.

Feature Image Credit: Newcastle Jets

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Football enthusiast and student journalist, covering Western United for the 2019/20 A-League season