Scott Galloway Earns European Trial

CCM Media Release: Scott Galloway Earns European Trial

The Central Coast Mariners can confirm that Scott Galloway has been granted permission by the club to trial with Willem II in the Netherlands.

Galloway signed with the Central Coast Mariners during the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season ahead of round three under Paul Okon. He has featured 24 times in Yellow & Navy.

The 22-year-old defender was scheduled to join Josep Gombau’s Olyroos in camp this week but has been permitted by both Football Federation Australia and the Central Coast Mariners to travel to Europe to trial with Willem II, a club who play in the Dutch Eredivisie.

The Central Coast Mariners will provide an update on Galloway’s playing future when he returns to Australia.

Mariners Part Ways with Jacob Poscoliero

Mariners Part Ways with Jacob Poscoliero

The Central Coast Mariners can today confirm that Jacob Poscoliero has accepted an opportunity to join Perth Glory and therefore will not be extending his contract with the Mariners beyond this season.

The 27-year-old defender signed with the Mariners in October 2014 and has made 47 Hyundai A-League appearances in Yellow & Navy.

Poscoliero thanked the club and reflected fondly on his time at the Mariners.

“I'm saddened to be leaving such a great club and bunch of players, with whom I've made friendships with for life,” Poscoliero said. “I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the Central Coast Mariners and its fans, for the opportunity and fond memories.

“I wish the club all the success and I'm sure they will achieve great things,” Poscoliero said.

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

Paul Izzo claims 2017 #MarinersMedal

Paul Izzo claims 2017 #MarinersMedal

Paul Izzo has earned top honours at 2017 #MarinersMedal after being voted by his peers as the best Central Coast Mariners’ player during the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season. The 2017 #MarinersMedal was proudly sponsored by Aon.

The 22-year-old shot stopper capped off an impressive season by winning the club’s top gong and THREE awards in total at the Mariners’ night of nights, held at Terrigal Crowne Plaza on Friday May 12.

The Mariners Medal is the most prestigious individual award of the night that is decided on a 3-2-1 basis, selected by the players across the Hyundai A-League season in which his peers have deemed Izzo the best player throughout the 2016/17 campaign.

Izzo arrived at the Central Coast Mariners from Adelaide United in July 2015 and made 42 Hyundai A-League appearances in Yellow & Navy. This season, Izzo managed an impressive 92 saves in 21 matches which was the second most by any goalkeeper in the Hyundai A-League.

Izzo also claimed the ‘Men of Football Damien Brown Medal’, voted by the Central Coast Chapter as well as the ‘Central Coast Mariners Official Supporter Club Player of the Year’.

Roy O’Donovan finished the Hyundai A-League season with 11 goals to secure the Mariners Golden Boot for the second consecutive season.

Skipper, Nick Montgomery was the recipient of the ‘Noel Spencer Goal of the Year’ Award that is presented to the player who scored the most outstanding goal during a Hyundai A-League season. The winner is voted and decided upon by an online poll where the fans chose his 32nd minute strike against the Newcastle Jets as the winner.

Adam Pearce was rewarded for his outstanding season by winning the ‘Foxtel National Youth League player of the year’ award which capped off an exciting 12 months that has also seen him sign his maiden professional contract with the Mariners.

The #MarinersMedal is also about celebrating outstanding achievements off the field. Pat Tatum is one of our most passionate team members and took home the ‘Volunteer of the year award’.

The 'Chairman’s Award' is presented annually to one person involved with the Club who is deemed to have gone above and beyond for the benefit of the Club. This season, Tyson Scott (Central Coast Mariners Media Manager) received the award for his tireless efforts with the Yellow & Navy. 

Also on the night, Central Coast Mariners Club Captain, Nick Montgomery officially announced his retirement from professional football. In exciting news for the Mariners, Montgomery has accepted an off-field role with the Central Coast Mariners and will remain a crucial part of the Mariners’ football department.  Central Coast Mariners Award Summary

  • Volunteer of the year (sponsored by Six Strings Brewery): Pat Tatum
  • Central Coast Mariners Official Supporters Group Player of the Year: Paul Izzo
  • Foxtel National Youth League Player of the Year: Adam Pearce
  • Noel Spencer Goal of the Year: Nick Montgomery
  • Men of Football Damien Brown Medal: Paul Izzo
  • Golden Boot: Roy O’Donovan
  • Chairman’s Award (Club Person of the Year): Tyson Scott
  • Aon Mariners Medal: Paul Izzo

Nick Montgomery Announces Retirement from Professional Football

Nick Montgomery Announces Retirement from Professional Football

In his speech at the 2017 #MarinersMedal Dinner, Central Coast Mariners Club Captain, Nick Montgomery announced his decision to retire from professional football and accept an off-field role with the club.
Montgomery signed with the Central Coast Mariners in the lead up to the 2012/13 Championship winning season and has been a mainstay in the midfield since joining the Club from Sheffield United.

The 35-year-old made over 400 competitive appearances for ‘The Blades’, including a season in the English Premier League. After earning Club Legend status at Sheffield United, ‘Monty’ arrived on the Central Coast to link with the Mariners and has made 116 Hyundai A-League appearances for the Yellow and Navy.

The Championship winning midfielder fast became a fan favourite on the Central Coast and was an obvious decision for captaincy when he was awarded the skipper’s armband from outgoing captain, John Hutchinson in 2015.

Montgomery found the back of the net three times during his career with the Mariners and signed off in style by winning the club’s ‘Noel Spencer Goal of the Year’ Award for his stunning strike against the Newcastle Jets in Hyundai A-League round 26, ultimately handing the Mariners’ fierce rivals the wooden spoon.

In an exciting development for the club, Nick Montgomery has accepted the role of ‘Head of Football & Elite Performance’ which is a coup for the Mariners’ football department.

Montgomery will take on a key leadership role within the Central Coast Mariners Hyundai A-League, Foxtel National Youth League and Academy sides and ensure that the club’s values are maintained.

Drawing on over 500 games and 18 seasons as a professional footballer, Montgomery’s appointment marks a significant step forward in the Mariners’ off-field resources.

Central Coast Mariners CEO, Shaun Mielekamp thanked Nick Montgomery for his service to the club and outlined what his new role will entail.

“Monty is a champion and it is a great sign of where the club is headed that we are able to grow our resources and expertise in off field roles,” Mielekamp said. “For too long this has been an area that the Mariners have been the only club in the A-League not to employ someone in this vital role. He will provide support to Paolo and myself and be ingrained throughout the club to ensure that our culture, values, football operations and elite performance aspects of the club are working to absolute optimum levels.

“I know that it must have felt like the entire world was holding their breath to see what decision Nick would make and Nick showed just how much of a true professional he is in how he handled a very tough moment in any player’s journey. Now he starts a new chapter and I am sure that this is a very exciting one for him and his family, his loyalty to the club combined with his work ethic and genuine passion will play an integral role in the club reclaiming our position in Australian football as we head into a new era in our history,” Mielekamp said.
Montgomery has also agreed to a guest playing stint with PS4 NPL NSW Club, Wollongong Wolves FC where he will take on a mentoring role with Jacob Timpano’s young side for their 13 remaining league games of the season.

Nick Montgomery thanked Mariners’ fans for their ongoing support, spoke about his decision to retire from professional football and fondly reflected on his five seasons with the Mariners.

“It’s not been the easiest decision in the world but I think it’s the right decision and right time at this stage in my career,” Montgomery said. “I had a few conversations with Paul Okon, the coaching staff, the CEO & the owner about this new role, which most clubs in the A-League have. Most of the clubs in the A-League have someone heading up football, working between the first team and the CEO to really push this club forward to ensure we compete with all the other clubs in the league. Despite not having the spending power of the other clubs, I’m confident that we can attract the right players so that we can be challenging for the top six every season.

“To come out here, win the grand final and play in the Asian Champions League straight away was fantastic. The fans have been brilliant, this is a fantastic place to play football, it’s been a tough couple of seasons but moving forward the club is in a great position. This season we set a platform with a new playing style and I think everyone can see that the club is on the way up – hopefully we can bring some new signings in and turn this club back into a team challenging for that top six every year.

“I look back on my career with fond memories having played at the highest level but for me it’s good that I can carry on playing semi-pro for a while – this is a decision where I’ve put the family first, a decision that is perfect for our long term future here on the Central Coast, with the Mariners.

“I want to thank everyone for how amazing they’ve all been since I arrived. From the moment I arrived the supporters and local community have always been kind to me. I’ve made some amazing friends and some are like family now. My daughters have grown up here, they started school on the Coast this year and it’s a special place so I love that we’ve made the decision to settle here and not to move on.

“I’ve been loyal since the day I started out my career. I spent 14 years at one club in England and five with one club here. I’ve never been one to jump ship, I always like a challenge, I’ve had great success and tough times both here and in England but I’m a loyal person who always wants to see a challenge through. I’m committed to making the club a better place and help the young pros.

“There’s not much loyalty in football now but I’m proud to say that I only played for two clubs in my professional career,” Montgomery said.

Montgomery also spoke about how the opportunity presented itself to play semi-professional with some former Mariners at the Wollongong Wolves.

“After the season finished here and I was making my mind up, assessing options in Asia as well as the U.K. I got a text from my old teammate Justin Pasfield asking if I would be interested in a short stint in Wollongong,” Montgomery said. “When I was in the A-League All Stars we trained, and played there and I thought what a fantastic stadium, good football club so for me when I got the text I thought let’s explore it.

“Within a day, I’d spoken to the manager in Jacob Timpano and the CEO who were passionate about getting me down there to help mentor the young squad they’ve got because for me it’s a perfect fit so I’m delighted to be joining them,” Montgomery said.

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.

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