Welcome Michal Janota!

Michal Janota

The Central Coast Mariners have signed Polish attacker Michal Janota for the A-League 20/21 season that begins later this month.

The former Feyenoord man has spent much of his career in Poland and the Netherlands before a recent spell in Saudi Arabia ended earlier this year.

Janota has played professionally since 2006 and in that time has proven himself equally adept at finding the back of the net himself and creating chances for others.

His 2018/19 season with Arka Gdynia saw him score 10 times and provide 6 assists through his 32 matches, and Mariners Head Coach Alen Stajcic said he is excited by what he believes Janota can bring to the Mariners attack.

“Michal is a player who we are very excited to be able to bring to the A-League, and he’ll add great depth to our attacking stocks,” Stajcic said.

“Having spoken to Michal and seeing vision of him play, we are confident he can be a great addition to the team and make a difference for us up front.”

Janota said he can’t wait to get started on the Coast and has heard plenty of good things about the A-League from Polish players who have previously made the trip down under.

“I’m looking forward to joining the new team, it will be another good experience for me,” he said this week.

“I am excited to play in a completely different league and be able to show my skills there. I heard from Adrian Mierzejewski and Radosław Majewski that it is an interesting league in which there are good players, and I have watched a few matches myself.”

“I am an experienced player, but I still have a great hunger for football, and I will bring a lot of creativity.”

Subject to the imminent approval of his travel exemption permit, Janota will head to Australia shortly to complete mandatory quarantine before linking up with his new teammates.