Phelan's First Key Signing!!!

Posted by damian 14/08/2018 0 Comment(s)

Central Coast Mariners Consultant Sporting Director Mike Phelan has made his first signing in his new position taking Premier League Burnley FC’s midfielder Aiden O Neill on a season long loan.

O Neill is an Australian born in Brisbane and has been in the Burnley Academy set up since 2014. He has first team Premier League experience already with Burnley FC having made his Premier League debut against Liverpool in a 2-0 victory for The Clarets in last season’s astonishing European qualifying campaign. To add to this O Neill has also played a further 36 senior games on loan at both Oldham Athletic and Fleetwood Town in EFL League 1 as well as representing Australia at U/23 level on two occasions in 2017.

Phelan commented:-


“The project at Central Coast Mariners is long term and the lifeblood of any football club is youth, energy and enthusiasm. To add to that foundation Aiden is a quality football player and Sean Dyche has been good enough to trust me and the coaches here with his further development and I thank him for that.”

“The long term objective for Aiden is to become a Premier League Player, a regular full international for Australia and have a successful and extended career at Burnley in The Premier League. If we at The Mariners can assist with that process then it’s a win, win for both parties.” 

“However, there is a lot of work to get through and some serious commitments to be made if you’re going to get to the top in this game. I think Aiden has the character to commit to this and that is one of the reasons I have taken him. The signing is good for us but the hard work starts now and both he and I are looking forward to that.”

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When pressed on how the loan will work between the two clubs Phelan commented

“Our season starts in October and I will be in touch with Sean Dyche and Burnley FC throughout this process. We might be on the other side of the world but our scientists and performance analysts will be sharing data regularly. I will also speak to Sean and his coaching team with regard to my professional eye and the technical and tactical side of Aiden’s contribution.”

“I’ve had many years of experience loaning out and monitoring top class players to other countries while at Man United. The process is no different apart from the fact I’m now on the receiving end rather than the parent club in this particular exchange”

O Neill made his debut last night for Central Coast Mariners as they beat Adamstown Rosebud FC 6-0 in a preseason friendly.

Aiden O Neill scoring his first league goal while on loan at Fleetwood Town last season


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