It has today been announced that Ryan Edmondson has joined A-League side Central Coast Mariners, having agreed to mutually terminate his contract with Carlisle United last week.
Edmondson played his part in the club’s promotion to League One last season and would score one of the penalties in Carlisle’s victory over Stockport County in the Play-Off Final.
The striker would however see a reduction in minutes after the club progressed to the third tier and that may have played a factor in the move. In 18 appearances this season, the majority off of the bench, Edmondson has one goal to his name, though was a firm fan favourite at Brunton Park.
It was heavily rumoured that the 22-year-old would be joining an A-League club and that has today been revealed as the Central Coast Mariners. A change of scenery may be able to get the best out of Edmondson and he could enjoy an exciting career in Australia.
Having made his debut for Leeds United as a 16-year-old, the striker was held in an extremely high regard during the early stages of his career. As a result, he was capped by England at an under-19 level three times as well. Although he may not have shown that original promise in the last couple of years, there are still plenty of opportunities for Edmondson to progress.
With 129 senior appearances to his name at just 22-year-old it could be a great piece of business by the Mariners.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Edmondson seemed thrilled with the opportunity.
“I’m buzzing to be here, it was a lot of travel but everything is done and I’m excited to be here.”
“I’ve known Jacko (Mark Jackson) and Danny Schofield for a long time. Jacko was a massive part of my development coming through the Leeds United Academy. When he told me about the project over her, the identity of not just the team but the community around the place, it spoke out to me and was something I’d love to be a part of. When I got the opportunity to do so, I couldn’t turn it down.”
“Every single footballer, every striker, wants goals and trophies. The lads are flying at the minute with 11 games unbeaten so I’m hoping to come in and get a lot of opportunities to play, score a lot of goals and win a lot of trophies.”
There are very few players who gave it their all for Carlisle like Edmondson did and it is a bit of a loss for the club despite his minutes this season. Linking up with his previous coaches at Leeds makes a lot of sense as that’s where he really showed his original promise.
Carlisle might be looking to bring one more striker in this January following the mutual termination of Edmondson’s contract, and with the window shutting next Thursday, they’ll need to act fast.