Luckless striker hungry for success with Mariners

14 July 2018 06:39:27 EST

Central Coast Mariners striker Corey Gameiro aims to make the most of a rare full pre-season, and get his career right back on track.

The 25-year-old looked to have a clear path to success when he signed for Fulham at the age of 16, but injuries have held him back.

He's had three knee reconstructions and spent a total of almost three years in rehab.

Gameiro has been with three different A-League clubs since the start of 2013, but has only made 44 appearances.

He had a decent season with Brisbane Roar last time, playing 18 games after being given a chance by coach John Aloisi.

The forward was given an offer for 2018/19 by the Roar, but opted to move on to the Mariners on a one-year deal.

"I'm very excited - for four years I've spent playing catch up, doing my rehab, coming in late, and you never fully feel yourself when the season starts," he said.

"To be able to start day one of pre-season, new club, with my new teammates and new coach ... I've got a lot of motivation, I've got a lot of hunger."

Gameiro says one of the positive effects of having such an interrupted career has been that he still feels like he's 21.

"You learn a lot about yourself when you're in that sort of environment for so long, and I actually feel like I'm a better person, and I feel like I'm a better player now, coming through that," added the Australia U-23 international.

Central Coast are 100/1 to win the 2018/19 Grand Final.

The Mariners are 250/1 to win the minor premiership.

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