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NICK Montgomery could soon be lining-up alongside David Beckham in Central Coast Mariners’ midfield, The Star can reveal.

Mariners, who recruited the former Sheffield United captain earlier this season, are among a handful of Australian clubs vying for Beckham’s signature following his exit from LA Galaxy.

Although Paris St Germain and Monaco appear in pole position to capture Beckham, Montgomery is adamant the 37-year-old would not regret joining Graham Arnold’s team.

“There is a massive rumour that Becks will be joining the league for a 10 week stint,” he said. “It would be amazing and there is no bigger name in world football so it would lift the profile of the competition to a new height. We are one of the teams who have thrown their hat into the ring and I’d be delighted to have the opportunity to play with him.”

Montgomery made 400 senior appearances for United, now third in League One following Saturday’s win at Carlisle, before his move to Bluetongue Stadium.

With Emile Heskey also playing his trade in Australia, Montgomery predicted that Beckham’s arrival could further accelerate the growth of its burgeoning domestic scene. “The Australian public are really supportive and all the games are shown live on Fox Sports which is our equivalent of Sky Sports” he explained. “With the likes of Heskey and the legend that is Del Piero playing here, it has really ignited the league. I’m sure it will continue to get better every year and more big names will follow because it’s a great place to live.”

Meanwhile, United will assess the ankle injury midfielder Kevin McDonald sustained at Brunton Park today with manager Danny Wilson admitting he is a major doubt for this weekend’s visit of leaders Tranmere Rovers.

“I fear the worst,” Wilson said. “We could be looking at two to three weeks but it’s impossible to say at the moment because his joint is just too swollen.”