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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