The Central Coast Mariners can confirm that A-League Championship winning defender James McGarry has signed with Scottish Premiership club Aberdeen FC for an undisclosed fee.
Joining the Mariners in February this season from F3 Derby rivals Newcastle Jets, the New Zealand international immediately hit the ground running on the Central Coast.
Making his debut against Brisbane Roar just two days after signing for the club on deadline day, McGarry earned the starting left back role which he held for the remainder of the season.
The fullback got his scoring underway for the Mariners against former club Wellington Phoenix in his first home match at Industree Group Stadium, finding the back of the net with a wonderful volley.
From there McGarry went from strength to strength, becoming a beloved figure for fans as he continued to produce quality performances for the club.
The New Zealander scored two more spectacular goals for the Mariners in attack, while also holding some of the league’s best forwards quiet with his defence.
He played a key role in the Central Coast ultimately winning the A-League Championship, including scoring a stunning long-range goal in the away leg of our semi-final against Adelaide United.
The defender leaves the Mariners having featured for the Central Coast on 14 occasions, scoring three goals.
While sad to see McGarry depart the club, Mariners Head Coach Nick Montgomery is pleased to have helped the fullback find his way to a club of Aberdeen’s magnitude.
“I am extremely happy for James and his family to get this opportunity to join a strong SPL club with a great history in Aberdeen. When we brought Jimmy in February we knew his potential and ability and it was simply about him enjoying his football again,” Montgomery said.
“He was outstanding for us and played a big part in our success last season. When Aberdeen triggered his buy out clause we had a long conversation and agreed it was a fantastic chance for Jimmy to get back into European football as well as secure the future of his young family.”
“Jimmy leaves with our full blessing and I have no doubt he will become an important player for Aberdeen and reclaim his spot back in the New Zealand national team. He told me his ambition when I signed him and as a club we are really happy we could help him achieve this in such a short space of time by giving him the platform and I know he is extremely grateful.”
McGarry wanted to thank everyone at the Mariners for the past six months, with the defender extremely proud of what he achieved at the club.
“I want to express my heartfelt thanks for the incredible time I’ve had at this special club. Monty and Sergio, your belief in me has meant the world. Your guidance and support have been invaluable, and I’m truly grateful for the opportunity to be part of this championship team,” McGarry said.
“To all the staff and players, thank you for making every day memorable. Your dedication, hard work, and camaraderie have made this experience truly special. And of course, a massive shoutout to the fans! Your unwavering support has been a driving force, and I’m proud to have been part of such a passionate community. You’ve made me feel like part of this big family. Once a Mariner, always a Mariner!”