Crystal Palace may want to send a thank you to the man who unearthed Mile Jedinak: one-time Mayor of Gosford, A-League coach, and now A-League CEO, Lawrie McKinna.
He was soon signed up permanently by the A-League club.
And didn't the fans on the Central Coast love their defensive midfielder, who effortlessly took to A-League football on the Coast.
"From his first day at training at Central Coast Mariners, you could see all he wanted to be was a professional player in the A-League,” McKinna, now CEO at A-League club Newcastle Jets, told FTBL.
“He was very driven. Mile Jedinak was a winner.”
Jedinak remained at the A-League club for around 18 months before the A-League club's fans' hearts were broken when he was lured to Turkey.
It was to prove the platform for a UK career at Crystal Palace and later Aston Villa, where Jedinak remains highly respected.
He never played for an A-League club again (though he had been linked with A-League new boys Macarthur FC before his retirement).
"When he left Central Coast, he was determined to go and prove himself,” McKinna added.
“And things were not great with the first club in Turkey [Antalyaspor], where he went out on loan to prove himself.
“Then after he played for Genclerbirligi, he got his move to the UK and Crystal Palace, and I wasn’t surprised at all.
"I knew how good he was.”
Jedinak scored at two World Cups and lead the Socceroos to a famous 2015 Asian Cup win in his home city Sydney.
McKinna added: “Mile should be proud of his career. He did the hard work."