Central Coast Mariners forward Marco Ureña has arrived on the Central Coast and started training with his new teammates at the Mariners, and says he is just excited to be out on the pitch with them.
The Costa Rican attacker recently completed 14 days quarantine upon arrival in the country, as did Michal Janota and Stefan Jankovic, and said after his first training session that he is happy to be on the Coast.
“[It’s a] really nice place to be, we’ve had a few days out of quarantine, so we are really excited to be here and happy to be here because the weather, the beaches, it’s a beautiful place to be,” he said on Thursday.
The 30-year-old was joined by his wife and twin boys for the two week quarantine period and said while the experience was tough in some ways, it was also a good experience for the family.
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“The team took care of quarantine well, they brought stuff for the gym, because it’s 24 hours a day there you can so easily sleep all day,” he said.
“It’s a little bit different but we tried to be awake all the time especially when you have kids, my twin boys, they make me busy all day long and I think as a family we handled [it] really good.”
“Also the Australian police and things, they really take care of you. It’s tough to be in the room for so long but it’s always cool how you can see people take care of you even though you are a foreigner, so it has been a really good time for the family.”
Ureña completed testing and his medical early In the week before taking to the pitch with Janota, Jankovic and their new teammates on Wednesday as the Mariners prepare to face the Wanderers on Tuesday night.
The new boys were able to watch the club’s opening games thanks to Kayo while in quarantine and Ureña said on Thursday that it only added anticipation for him ahead of joining his new team.
“I followed the team the last few games, I was excited to be on the field with them and meet them,” he said.
“It was a pretty cool training where I can see the tactics and how they work.”
“The work hard, you can see that defensively but about the combination I like that as we had a lot of combinations between us so it’s a nice way to play.”
Alen Stajcic encouraged fans to be patient on Thursday as the new arrivals get up to speed and regain match fitness, with long appearances unlikely against Wanderers or Sydney next week.