Former Premier League and the Indian Super League star Luis Garcia was off to a good start in his first stint in his new career.
The 37- year old is now a part of the Central Coast Mariners in the A-League and made his debut against Western Sydney Warriors on Saturday.
The Warriors pulled out a late winner in a 2-1 victory before Luis Garcia’s experience and skill provided the equalizer for the Mariners.
Garcia came on late in the game with half an hour to play and provided the move that led to Fabio Ferreira’s equalizer but was unlucky to be on the losing side.
“I did what I know what to do and it’s not that I tried something different, I just played the way I have always played,” Garcia told the The Sydney Morning Herald.
“It was easy because the guys around me work with the way I play. They are fast players, they run a lot and they are looking for the ball. For a player like me who likes to look for those spaces, it’s very good for me.”
The Mariners are rock bottom of the A-League with just 9 points after 16 games but had something to cheer about when the Garcia rolled back the years and gave some hope for the supporters.
Garcia came back after an 18 month lay off and admitted to be nervous before starting his adventure down under.
“I feel good. It was only 30 minutes, and with one man less, it’s not easy, but I think I did good work,” he added. “It’s like starting from the very beginning. But after I went on, I felt all right. The crowd were helping me so much since I arrived and it was east to start playing.”
The ex Liverpool winger also promised to help his team better their recent results and said that he is ready to claim a place in the starting XI as quickly as possible.
“Hopefully I should be able to, even without playing a lot of time,” he said. “We spoke with the coach [Tony Walmsley] and it’s not going to be easy to have a lot of minutes. But there’s not many games left, so we cannot wait a month and a half.”
The Mariners will travel away to the Wellington Phoenix in their next game on Saturday.