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Mariners complete Musialik capture

The Central Coast Mariners have completed the signing of former Newcastle and Sydney FC midfielder Stuart Musialik for this summer's A-League.

Newcastle-born, the two-time A-League premiership player heads to the Central Coast after three seasons with the Sky Blues.

But despite having over 100 A-League appearances to his name, Musialik knew he will have to work hard to break into the Mariners' first-team squad.

"Arnie (Graham Arnold) is a top coach who I know well, and I've always had a good relationship with him," the 26-year-old said.

"In saying that, he has made it very clear I've got to come to the club and work my way in to the first eleven.

"He's not going to give me any favours, and I'm not looking for any. It's a challenge I'm really looking forward to."

Musialik worked under Arnold as a member of the Olyroos squad for the 2008 Beijing games.

"I play the type of football Arnie likes to coach, which was a key factor why I chose to come to the Mariners," he said.

"When I was working with Arnie with the Olyroos and Gary van Egmond at Newcastle, that was when I was playing my best football.

"In the last couple of years at Sydney I've shot off the radar. The challenge for me here is to get back to the level I was at."

Musialik's contract ties him to the Mariners until the end of the 2012 Asian Champions League group stage.

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