CCM Media Release: Mariners sign South Korean Midfielder, Kim Eun-Sun

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Mariners sign South Korean Midfielder, Kim Eun-Sun

The Central Coast Mariners can today confirm the signing of experienced South Korean midfielder, Kim Eun-Sun ahead of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season.

The 31-year-old boasts a wealth of experience having played the entirety of his career in the Republic of Korea, most notably with K League giants Suwon Samsung Bluewings where he also featured in Asia’s top continental club football competition, the AFC Champions League.

Having trained with the Central Coast Mariners since the start of pre-season, Kim is known for his exploits as a strong box-to-box midfielder.

Upon signing his one-year-contract at the Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence, Kim spoke of his passion to earn the fans’ support.

“It has been a real pleasure to meet everyone at the Central Coast Mariners and I feel honoured to have signed,” Kim said. “I am thrilled to be here for such a tough pre-season and I can’t wait to show the fans what I can bring to the team.

“Central Coast Stadium is the most beautiful stadium I have ever seen, and I cannot wait to play there, meet the fans and earn their support,” Kim said.

Head Coach Alen Stajcic spoke highly of Kim’s experience and the work ethic he has brought to the club.

“Kim is a high calibre signing for not just the Mariners but the Hyundai A-League,” Stajcic said. “To attract a player of Kim’s calibre who captained Suwon Bluewings, one of the biggest teams in Korea, is a tremendous boost for the Mariners and the league.

“His technical skills combined with his experience will be of great benefit in the development of our players and particularly our younger players coming through the ranks.

“Since arriving at the start of pre-season, Kim has been a real asset amongst the squad, both on and off the pitch and has set a very high standard,” Stajcic said.

CCM Media Release: Mariners sign Goalkeeper, Mark Birighitti

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Mariners sign Goalkeeper, Mark Birighitti

The Central Coast Mariners can today confirm the signing coup of goalkeeper, Mark Birighitti who joins the Club ahead of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season.

Putting pen-to-paper on a one-year-deal, Birighitti arrives on the Central Coast with a wealth of experience having appeared in the Eredivisie with NAC Breda after his time with Swansea City.

Known to Australian football fans for his acrobatic efforts in the Hyundai A-League, the 28-year-old has 85 appearances in Australia’s top flight with Adelaide United and the Newcastle Jets.

It was that form in the Hyundai A-League that saw Birighitti proudly don the Socceroos’ badge in 2013 against China. The Perth born shot-stopper has also represented Australia at U17, U20 & U23 levels.

Reuniting with Central Coast Mariners Goalkeeping Coach Jess Vanstrattan, Birighitti says that he can’t wait to arrive and get started on the Central Coast.

“This is a fantastic opportunity, I’m buzzing and I can’t wait to join the Mariners,” Birighitti said. “I’ve spoken with the coaching staff and it seems like a perfect fit – their plan enticed me, it’s a historical club an ambitious club and getting the Mariners back to where they should be, is something I want to be a part of.

“I’ve worked with Jess [Vanstrattan] before and he’s one of the best goalkeeping coaches I’ve ever worked with. Knowing that he’s at the club played a big part in my decision.

“The Mariners are a family club, I’ve heard that it’s a great playing group they’ve got there, a really tight group. We want to be successful and that’s why I am here.

“My main objective now is to work hard during the pre-season, have a great season and help the Mariners get back on that pedestal,” Birighitti said.

Head Coach Alen Stajcic welcomed Birighitti and touched on the importance of competition for places.

“We’re really excited to bring Mark to the club,” Stajcic said. “Successful teams have competition for places across the board and that’s no different in the goalkeeping ranks. We want the keepers to be pushing each other day in, day out.

“Mark’s CV speaks for itself. He has national team experience, played overseas in Holland, England and Italy, so we know what he’s capable of.

“We look forward to welcoming Mark on his first day and continuing our pre-season preparations,” Stajcic said.

Birighitti will commence training at the Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence next week.

Ziggy Gordon joins the Mariners!

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Ziggy Gordon joins the Mariners!

Ziggy Gordon joins the Mariners!

The Central Coast Mariners are pleased to announce the signing of Scottish defender, Ziggy Gordon who will join the Mariners ahead of the 2019/20 Hyundai A-League season.

The 26-year-old has played the majority of his professional career with Scottish Premier League side Hamilton Academical, along with appearances for Partick Thistle in Scotland and Polish sides Jagiellonia Białystok & Pogoń Siedlce.

With over seven years’ experience in the Scottish top flight, Gordon is motivated to take on a new challenge abroad.

“I’ve represented a top club in Poland where I played in the Europa League and tried to win the title there,” Gordon said. “I’ve played at another club in Scotland and I’ve played over 250 matches for the Hamilton Accies, and I think it was time to move on. I had a very good last season at Hamilton and the plan was to always play every minute of every game, and play the very best I possibly could and put myself in the position where I had options for the future,” Gordon said.

Gordon arrives on the Central Coast next week and is looking forward to joining the squad for their pre-season training, especially under the guidance of Head Coach Alen Stajcic.

“I had a lot of interest from clubs in Poland, England and other teams in Scotland but after speaking with Alen about two months ago, I really liked the person that he was,” Gordon said. “From the first conversation we had, I think he is a really honest and legitimate person who I could trust right away.

“I believe in his plans and his strategy for next season, and that’s something that never seemed to stray far away from my thoughts. Even when I was talking to other clubs, something about Alen and the Central Coast Mariners kept appealing to me. I thought this was the right time, and the right project to be involved with. I’m not willing to play for a team who isn’t striving to move up from the bottom of the table.

The experienced defender believes that he can contribute a lot to a young Mariners squad, both on and off the pitch.

“I bring a lot of experience for a relatively young professional,” Gordon said. “I’ve only just turned 26 and already played over 250 games of top level football. I think I bring a strong mentality with me, as well as leadership skills on and off the pitch.

“A sense of standard needs to be kept by all players and the club, and I hope to bring that as well as my commitment. I’m a 100% player – I know a lot of players say that, but that’s the least that should be expected. It’s something for me that I strive towards in every single training session and match, to give my absolute best.

“Last season I had the most tackles won in the Scottish Premier League so I’m definitely there to win the ball back and to give it to the players who can do something more special than I can,” Gordon said.

Head Coach Alen Stajcic believes the Scotsman will be a key leader within the team this season.

“We’re very excited to bring Ziggy to the Mariners,” Stajcic said. “He has played abroad in Poland at a high level, been a leader in the Scottish Premier League for Hamilton and to bring someone with that wealth of experience is going to be a great boost to our lineup. He is a natural leader, and holds high standards for himself and those around him.

“His commitment to Hamilton over the years shows a great sense of loyalty, and he certainly shows a great fighting spirit on the field. Ziggy is a very smart footballer, and his leadership qualities will be invaluable to our young boys, and help the team move up the ladder this season.” Stajcic said.

After putting pen-to-paper on a one year contract, Gordon will link up with his new teammates at the Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence next week.

Current Squad:

Jack CLISBY, Daniel DE SILVA, Giancarlo GALLIFUOCO, Ziggy GORDON, Jai INGHAM, Abraham MAJOK, Michael MCGLINCHEY, Jacob MELLING, Jordan MURRAY, Joshua NISBET, Tommy OAR, Adam PEARCE (GK), Kye ROWLES, Mario SHABOW, Samuel SILVERA, Matt SIMON, Ruon TONGYIK

Meet the four additions to the Mariners squad!

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The Central Coast Mariners are excited to announce the inclusions of Abraham Majok, Jai Ingham, Samuel Silvera and Daniel De Silva to the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 squad.

Majok (20), originally from Kenya and moving to Australia in 2005, began his NPL career in 2014 playing for Spirit FC. In 2016 he moved to the Western Sydney Wanderers youth and then promoted to the Hyundai A-League squad. He has signed on a one year deal.

Fast paced attacker, Jai Ingham (25) makes the move to the Mariners from Melbourne Victory where he spent the last two seasons. Having also represented New Zealand on an international level, the winger is joining the Yellow & Navy on a two year deal.

Young Socceroo Sam Silvera (18) also joins the squad on a one year scholarship deal. The former Western Sydney Wanderers youth star was part of the successful U20s Championship squad in 2017, also taking out the Wanderers Youth Player of the year honours. Silvera is looking forward to beginning his professional career with the Mariners.

Finally, Daniel De Silva will be returning to the Mariners after the conclusion of his one year loan deal with Sydney FC. De Silva was the first player to be part of the Hyundai A-League Intra-league loan system which came into place in 2018.

Head coach Alen Stajcic is pleased with the squad that is forming so far, but knows he still has some key signings to make.

“We’re really excited at the recruitment process that we have undertaken so far” Stajcic said.

“We have a few key positions that we need to fill, including a goalkeeper. It’s been extensive, both domestically and internationally. We’ve nearly completed our domestic signings so far but we’ve still got our visa players to come which we will hopefully be in a position to announce shortly.”

The team will commence their pre-season training on Monday 24 June 2019.

Current Squad:

Jack CLISBY, Daniel DE SILVA, Giancarlo GALLIFUOCO, Jai INGHAM, Abraham MAJOK, Michael MCGLINCHEY, Jacob MELLING, Jordan MURRAY, Joshua NISBET, Tommy OAR, Adam PEARCE (GK), Kye ROWLES, Mario SHABOW, Samuel SILVERA, Matt SIMON, Ruon TONGYIK

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Mariners sign Ruon Tongyik

The Central Coast Mariners are excited to announce the signing of exciting young defender Ruon Tongyik on a two year deal.

The 22 year old joins the Mariners after finishing the 2018/19 Hyundai A-League season with Brisbane Roar. Having previously plied his trade with Adelaide United, Melbourne City and Western Sydney Wanderers, Tongyik is looking to establish himself in the side and enjoy a long and successful career on the coast.

“I am delighted to be joining the Central Coast Mariners for the next two seasons. The Mariners have a proud history in the Hyundai A-League, and I’m looking forward to helping the club get back on top next season.

“I can’t wait to get working with Alen Stajcic as a boss. He has an excellent coaching record and reputation, and I truly believe I can develop as a player under him”.

Born in Sudan, Tongyik arrived in Australia in 2003 and played a part of Adelaide United’s youth system, involved in their NPL promotion and National Youth League Conference A Premiership. He has also three appearances under his belt in the Under 23 Australian national squad.

Head Coach Alen Stajcic is looking forward to the young defender to join his side.

“It’s really exciting to bring a young player like Ruon to the club.” Stajcic said.

“Over the past few years he has showed amazing potential to be a fantastic footballer and has a real drive to succeed. I’ve been watching him for a while, and I’m sure he will be a great contributor to our team on and off the field”.

Stajcic secures his staff for the 2019/20 season.

The Central Coast Mariners can today confirm that Alen Stajcic has begun to finalise his football staff ahead of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season.

Continuing with the football department is Nahuel Arrarte as Assistant Coach, who has signed on for the next three seasons under Head Coach Stajcic.

Stajcic spoke highly of Arrarte, and the knowledge he brings to the football department.

“Naz [Nahuel] brings with him a good wealth of experience, and he’s keen, dedicated and really wants to see this club succeed,” Stajcic said. “He has spent the last few years as Technical Director at Marconi, Head Coach at the South Coast Wolves [now known as Wollongong Wolves] and he’s been a leading coach at Westfield Sports High School where a lot of our Socceroos and Matildas have been developed,” Stajcic said.

In a restructure of the Mariners Academy, Nick Montgomery will fulfil the position of Head of Performance Phase which sees him leading the U18’s, U20’s and First Grade Men’s Academy sides for the remainder of the season.

Montgomery is looking forward to the challenge ahead, and the opportunities it brings for young players.

“I spoke with Staj and we felt like it was a good opportunity if I wanted it,” Montgomery said. “To step into the Academy space and start trying to bridge that gap between the NPL and the A-League sides is something that I’m really excited about.

“I’ll still obviously work with the first team next year, and bring them both together to develop young players and give them those first team opportunities which is what we need”.

Another important addition to the Football Department is Luca Tonetti, who has accepted the position of Strength & Conditioning Coach moving forward. Remaining with the club are goalkeeping coach Matt Nash, and physiotherapist David McGinness.

The club is also looking to employ the services of a specialist video analysist on a full-time basis, who will be on board before pre-season training commences.

Central Coast Mariners Football Department

Hyundai A-League Head Coach: Alen Stajcic
Hyundai A-League Assistant Coach: Nahuel Arrarte
Goalkeeping Coach: Matt Nash
Strength & Conditioning Coach: Luca Tonetti
Hyundai A-League Physiotherapist: David McGinness
Academy Director: Ken Schembri
Head of Performance Phase: Nick Montgomery
Team Manager: Darren Dobson
Kit Manager: Melissa Woods, Pat Tatum