Mariners part ways with Ivan Necevski

The Central Coast Mariners wish to advise Members, fans and media that the contract of Ivan Necevski has been terminated by mutual consent.

Necevski signed a one-year-contract with the Central Coast Mariners in June 2016.

The 37-year-old goalkeeper made seven Hyundai A-League appearances for the Central Coast Mariners this season.

The Central Coast Mariners would like to thank Ivan for his services to the Club, and wish him all the best with his future endeavours.

O’Donovan & Izzo set to depart Mariners

The Central Coast Mariners can today confirm that Roy O’Donovan and Paul Izzo have accepted opportunities to play elsewhere within the Hyundai A-League next season.  

Izzo, who has 48 Hyundai A-League appearances to his name (42 with the Mariners) and O’Donovan who has appeared 45 times in Yellow & Navy will depart the Central Coast upon the expiration of their contracts which run until May 31, 2017.

The 22-year-old goalkeeper arrived at the Central Coast Mariners from Adelaide United in July 2015 on a two-year-contract. O’Donovan also signed with the Mariners in the lead up to the Hyundai A-League 2015/16 season.

O’Donovan looked back on his time at the Mariners with fond memories.

“This wasn’t the situation that I set out to achieve at the start of the season but this is the industry of professional sport,” O’Donovan said. “I’ve got a young family and this is an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up. “I can’t thank everyone involved with the Mariners enough, I do not have a bad word to say about the Central Coast Mariners. The people here that I’ve been lucky enough to encounter from the club to the supporters have been nothing short of extraordinary, I’ve loved my time here. It’s a shame we couldn’t have experienced more success but I wish the club every success moving forward and I mean that from the bottom of my heart.

Izzo thanked the Mariners for his past two seasons at the club.

“It’s very tough for me to leave the Mariners,” Izzo said. “This season we’ve seen how good things can get at this club and how good they can be so it was a hard decision [to leave].

“Matt Nash [Mariners Goalkeeping Coach] has done so much for me, he never gave up on me and has put so much time and hard work into me. “I want to say a huge thanks to the Central Coast Mariners who took a big gamble on me, it took time for me to put in a strong season. They were very patient and showed a lot of faith in me,” Izzo said.

Head Coach Paul Okon wished O’Donovan & Izzo all the best. 

“Having already worked with Paul at Young Socceroo level I knew what he was capable of,” Okon said. “Last season was a tough year but credit to Paul he responded in the right way, working hard in pre-season and got his reward.

“Roy has been an important player for us this season and although it’s disappointing to see him join our closest rival, it will certainly add fire to the #F3Derby next season. The hard work has already commenced and we are confident that with smart recruitment in the coming months the Central Coast Mariners can attract the right players to become a better football club and increase the opportunity to play finals football next season,” Okon said.

Mariners claim emotional F3 Derby triumph

Central Coast Mariners have heaped more misery on bitter rivals Newcastle Jets with a polished 2-0 win in Gosford on Sunday 9 April 2017.

Goals either side of half-time from Nick Montgomery and Fabio Ferreira gave the Mariners their first win in seven meetings against the Jets, who slip back to last.

It was a tense opening between the competition’s bottom two sides until Montgomery settled the hosts’ nerves with a well-taken finish from the edge of the area.
Ferreira capped a slick counter-attack shortly after half-time to give Paul Okon’s side a deserved two-goal buffer.

Newcastle created numerous openings throughout the final 15 minutes but fired a blank for the fourth match in a row, meaning they’ll need a result away to Sydney FC next weekend to be a chance of avoiding the wooden spoon.

1-0 Mariners: Montgomery, 32’
The Central Coast captain provided the inspiration from the edge of the area, driving Connor Pain’s layoff into the bottom corner.
2-0 Mariners: Ferreira, 51’
From a Jets corner, the Mariners broke down the left through Connor Pain who squared for Ferreira to touch past Jack Duncan.

Storm Roux signs contract extension with Central Coast Mariners

Wednesday, 5 April, 2017

Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence, Tuggerah 

CCM Media Release: Storm Roux signs contract extension with Central Coast Mariners 


The Central Coast Mariners are excited to announce the contract extension of Storm Roux who today inked an agreement that will see him remain in Yellow & Navy until at least the end of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 Season. 

Storm Roux’s contract that was set to expire at completion of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season has been extended for an additional two seasons by Head Coach, Paul Okon.

Roux arrived at the Mariners in 2013 and immediately worked his way into Graham Arnold’s starting side, making 25 appearances in his first season on the Central Coast where the Mariners finished third.  

The 2013/14 season was Roux’s breakout campaign and his impressive performances resulted in a nomination for A-League Young Footballer of the Year, selection for the New Zealand national team, and a call up to the A-League All Stars side that played Juventus in 2014.

Since debuting for the Yellow & Navy Roux has grown from strength-to-strength and has been one of the first names on the Mariners’ team sheet thanks to his rock-solid nature in defence and danger in attack on the right wing. 

During the 2016/17 pre-season, Roux completed a miraculous recovery from a triple injury that he sustained in February 2016 in time to walk out against Perth Glory in Hyundai A-League round one and has not looked back since. 

The Kiwi-International’s hard-working nature has earned him a special place in the hearts of Mariners fans and at just 24-years-of-age, has shown leadership qualities beyond his years to wear the captain’s armband in the absence of Nick Montgomery this season.

Speaking at the Centre of Excellence, Roux said that signing a contract extension is a special moment for him and there is a burning desire to return to finals football

“To be able to extend my contract here at the Mariners means a lot,” Roux said. “This club gave me my chance in professional football at 20-years-old and I was thrown right into the starting team which was massive for me. 

“For the past four years, I’ve played a lot of games for this club and to captain a couple of games for the Mariners when Monty has been out is a huge honour – this is very special and I just want to see this club get back to where it should be which is fighting for a top six finish. 

“I think I took the first season for granted and thought that every season would be like that – then obviously we haven’t had it since and I’m desperate to get back to finals football, I miss it a lot and it’s something I want to be a part of next season,” Roux said. 

The appointment of Paul Okon played a big part in Roux’s decision to re-sign and he is proud of the faith that has been shown in him.

“Paolo has come in this season and given our team direction and he’s a coach that I want to play for,” Roux said. “Paolo will have a full pre-season under his belt, bring in the players he wants and we will compete. 

“All the boys in this team feel as though we are building towards something, Paolo is a great coach with a great history as a player so he’s certainly taught me a lot as a player this season.

“Heading into the season I didn’t see myself as a captain of this side but Paolo has shown a lot of faith in me, he’s given me the armband in Monty’s absence and Monty has helped me with leadership qualities so it’s something that I can take on board and build on but I feel like every time I put that armband on I get more used to it – it feels good,” Roux said.

Locking in Storm Roux for the next two seasons is a coup for Okon who spoke highly of the right back.

“Storm has been at the club for a number of years now so he understands the club culture and values,” Okon said. “Even at a young age he’s quite experienced having already played finals football with the Mariners.

“Storm has been an important member of the Mariners since he’s arrival at the club and he has shown enormous determination after his injury – a real desire to get back and put that Mariners jersey on.

“Moving forward the club sees Storm as an important member of the team and the expectations are high because he’s had this year coming back from an injury but next season we’re confident Storm Roux will have a bigger and better season.

“We want to play attacking football and to do that you need fullbacks to attack and Storm gives us that. He’s a big part of our plans for the future, he’s a New Zealand international and we would love for him to break back into that New Zealand team as a result of the Mariners doing well,” Okon said.

‘Legends Challenge’ - Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Round 26 
Central Coast Mariners Legends vs. Newcastle Jets Legends
followed by Central Coast Mariners vs. Newcastle Jets (#F3Derby)
Date: Sunday 9 April 2017
Venue: Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Kick-off:  3:30pm
Tickets: CLICK HERE 
Gates Open: 3:00pm
Social Media: #F3Derby

Paul Izzo named February nominee for Hyundai A-League, NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2016/17 Award

Paul Izzo named February nominee for Hyundai A-League, NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2016/17 Award

Football Federation Australia (FFA) and NAB, together with the Central Coast Mariners, are proud to announce Paul Izzo as the February nominee for the Hyundai A-League, NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2016/17 Award.

The nomination is Izzo’s first ever NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award.

Izzo is the fifth player nominated for the Hyundai A-League, NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2016/17 Award following Sydney FC duo Brandon O’Neill (October) and Josh Brillante (November), Western Sydney Wanderers FC defender Jonathan Aspropotamitis (December) and Brisbane Roar FC’s Brandon Borello (January).

Izzo’s outstanding performances as the Central Coast Mariners goalkeeper have helped his side to their most successful run of matches since 2014. The 22-year-old shot stopper follows in the footsteps of Socceroos’ & former Mariners’ goalkeeper Mat Ryan who won the NAB Young Footballer of the year award two seasons running (2010/11 and 2011/12).

“To be recognised as a young player in the league that’s doing well so far is great and hopefully we can finish off the season doing even better for ourselves,” Izzo said. “I have to pay credit to Matt Nash [goalkeeping coach] the amount of work he does for me: preparing clips before games and doing things that he doesn’t have to do – shows how much effort he has put into me and I can’t thank him enough.

“Young goalkeepers like Maty Ryan and Mark Birighitti are players that I look up to and have taken a path that I would like to replicate. They spent a few seasons in the Hyundai A-League making big names for themselves and their next step was overseas which is something I would like to achieve.

“First things first, the team is number one focus but the individual accolades that come along the way are a bonus and it’s great to get that recognition and makes me really proud.

“For the rest of the season we want to crack the top six and do something that not many people would have expected us to do this season, I am working extremely hard to do my part and help influence that,” Izzo said.

The Hyundai A-League NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2016/17 will be announced at the Dolan Warren Awards Night.

National Australia Bank’s General Manager Wealth, Personal Banking, Ann-Marie Chamberlain, said she is delighted to see the NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award continue to unearth the stars of tomorrow.

“We congratulate Paul on his nomination and look forward to watching his development and growth on the football field in the years to come,” said Chamberlain.

“We are also pleased to recognise Paul’s nominated junior club, Campbelltown City in South Australia, and hope that our support will help the club to continue developing the game at a local grassroots level.”

NAB has generously donated a $2,000 NAB Club Recognition Award to Izzo’s nominated junior club, which includes a range of equipment along with a financial reward.

The overall winner of the Hyundai A-League, NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2016/17 Award will receive a $10,000 personal investment portfolio, along with a NAB Private Client Manager to assist with a range of banking and financial services.

“As a supporter of the NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award, we are proud to play an important role in identifying and rewarding the future stars of the game. Who knows, we may even see some of the nominees donning the boots for the Socceroos in the future,” Chamberlain continued.

Each month representatives from the FFA Technical department vote on a 3-2-1 basis for the most outstanding U-23 players in the Hyundai A-League during that period.

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