The Central Coast Mariners have signed one of the biggest names in the A-League's history, with former Liverpool star Luis Garcia signing on until the end of the 2015-2016 season.

The Spaniard has competed on some of world football's biggest stages including time with with European heavyweights such as Atl├ętico Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool.

When with Liverpool, Garcia won the Champions League during a very successful three-season stint where he scored 31 times for the club.

Although a big name, Garcia' on-field abilities are deserving of question, having last played when he came out of retirement to join the Indian Premier League, where he scored twice in 13 games.

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At age 37, the 20-cap Spanish international's best days are long past him, but he may draw some big crowds for the struggling bottom-of-the-table Mariners.

Football fans in Christchurch will be able to see him too, with the Phoenix scheduled to play Central Coast on the 30th of January.