Long-time Newcastle goalkeeper Ben Kennedy has signed with F3 Derby rivals Central Coast Mariners ahead of the 2017/18 season.
Kennedy joins the Gosford outfit on a one-year deal after nine seasons with the Jets and coach Paul Okon believes he'll add experience to the club's keeper ranks.
After an injured plagued season last year, the 30-year-old shot stopper passed his medical on Thursday and is looking forward to a fresh start in 2017/18.
“Coming back from injury it is great to get the body moving again and things feel really good,” Kennedy said.
"It is a big move from Newcastle after spending 12 years up there but I am really excited to be here.
“I think the way the club is going is very positive, if you look at the football they played last year under Paolo you can see the club is just going to get better and better that’s a big reason why I am here".
Okon indicated there is more news to come on the goalkeeping front.
“All along our plan was to have three quality goalkeepers that all offer something different," Okon said.
"Ben brings experience having played over 100 A-League games and it is important for us to make sure there is a keeper with his quality, leadership and nature within the three.
“He joins Adam Pearce so that is two down and we are very well progressed for the third keeper that hopefully we get to announce soon.
"Having strong competition for spots is exactly what we must make sure happens for every position across the park.
“Once the squad is fully finalised I know that all the supporters will understand how important it is for the club to have a good mixture of youth and experience in all positions,” Okon said.