Mitchell Duke leaves Central Coast Mariners for Shimizu S-Pulse in Japan’s J-League
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One of Australia’s best attacking prospects, Mitchell Duke, has finally completed his overseas move to Japanese club Shimizu S-Pulse.
Duke will leave on Tuesday to link up with the club that Mariners teammate Eddy Bosnar and Sydney FC striker Alex Brosque once called home and only needs to pass a medical upon arrival to seal his J-League move.
The 24-year old has split his time between the central striker’s role and right-midfield since making the step up from the Mariners youth team in 2012, scoring 13 goals in 66 matches.
He only signed a two-year contract extension in July 2014, meaning the Mariners were able to command a significant six-figure fee.
“I came through the youth stages of the Mariners for two years and was rewarded with a first team contract, so my time at the Mariners has been unbelievable,” Duke said on Monday. “I’ve signed a pre-agreement deal and I’ll be going over to Japan on Tuesday to complete a medical so once the medical clears up I’ll be signing a full contract.
“The J-League is a well-respected league all around the world, all you have to do is take a look at.”
Coach Phil Moss said he was disappointed to lose such an important player but said it would give another youngster a chance to prove themselves.
“Mitchell Duke is the next Mariners player to come off the club’s production line and now gets his chance overseas,” he said. “The timing is never great when you lose a key player mid-season but it gives other players the opportunity to step up and of course, we have Fabio Ferreira ready to go this week.
“It’s a great opportunity for ‘Dukey’ to take his career to the next level and he goes with our blessing.”
Duke trialled at English Premier League club West Ham in 2013 and has long been linked with a move abroad after winning his first Socceroos’ call-up in the same year.
He joins an ever-growing list of Mariners’ players to move to big clubs abroad, including Mustafa Amini (Borussia Dortmund), Oliver Bozanic (FC Luzern), Mathew Ryan (Club Brugge), Trent Sainsbury (PEC Zwolle), Tom Rogic (Celtic), Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors) and Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.