Central Coast Mariners have confirmed the signing of Newcastle Jets attacker Andrew Hoole on a two-year-deal.
Hoole's signing follows the news of the recruitment by the Mariners of Alan Baro, Antony Golec and Tom Hiariej, along with Kwabena Appiah's re-signing.
The club have seen Nick Montgomery, Fabio Ferreira, Roy O'Donovan, Jacob Poscoliero, Scott Galloway, Mickael Tavares, Jacques Faty and Paul Izzo exit this off-season.
Having represented Australia at both Young Socceroo & Olyroo levels, Hoole has previously worked with Mariners coach Paul Okon.
The 23-year-old attacker will cross the #F3Derby divide having played for the Newcastle Jets last season where he managed 26 appearances, bagging five goals.
Last season was Hoole’s second stint with the Jets after debuting in the 2012/13 season. After his maiden A-League campaign, Hoole remained with Newcastle for three seasons before signing with Graham Arnold’s Sydney FC ahead of the 2015/16 season. He now has 91 A-League appearances to his name.
With speed to burn out wide and the ability to play as an attacking midfielder, Hoole will bolster Okon’s attacking options until at least the end of the A-League 2018/19 season.
“I’m very excited to be joining the Central Coast Mariners,” Hoole said.
“Last season you could see how far the club came under the guidance of Paolo (Okon) and I am really looking forward to getting started.
“I’ve worked with Paolo before so I know that he is full of energy, he’s got a great football brain and he really knows how to get the best out of young players so that was a big factor in me coming to the club.
"Last season you could see how animated he was on the sideline at certain moments, he rides the game for 90 minutes to get the most out of his players and it’s clear to see that he always has the backing of the 11 players out on the park.
“A fresh start is always good, this is a new environment for me and a new challenge so I am looking forward to playing full time under Paolo.
“The club wants to move forward – coming here, I know all the players will want to be playing finals football, that’s the main focus. Competition for spots is vitally important, if you can have two or three players vying for each position it’s great for the team environment."
As Head Coach of the Young Socceroos during the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup campaign, Okon worked with Hoole in Green & Gold and outlined for Mariners fans just how strategic this recruitment is, plus he expressed how confident he is that will see the very best of Hoole over the next two seasons.
“Hooley is a fantastic talent,” Okon said.
“I worked with him at the Young Socceroos and Olyroos – I saw his potential first hand. His flexibility to play both inside in a pocket and out wide on the wing complement our playing style, also he’s very good on set pieces which will bring us more goals.
“This is crucial in our recruitment strategy to have more strength in these areas.
“Hooley can be a match winner and I’m confident he will contribute with assists and goals.”