Mariners loan Aiden O’Neill from Burnley

The Central Coast Mariners have secured the services of 20-year-old midfielder, Aiden O’Neill who will join the Club on loan from English Premier League outfit, Burnley FC.

The Brisbane born midfielder has signed a season long loan agreement that will see him join Mike Mulvey’s Mariners until at least the end of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season.

O’Neill has featured on three occasions in the English Premier League for Burnley plus one appearance in the FA Cup and a start in the League Cup after signing his maiden professional contract with ‘The Clarets’ in 2016.

The Australian Under 23 representative made his debut in the English Premier League at Turf Moor [Burnley’s home ground] against Liverpool in August 2016. O’Neill then went on to make two more English Premier League appearances against Chelsea and Southampton, before spending the remainder of the 2016/17 season on loan with Oldham Athletic.

O'Neill then spent the first half of the 2017/18 season on loan with Fleetwood Town where he made 27 appearances for the ‘Cod Army’, before returning to Burnley in January 2018.

Most recently, the box-to-box midfielder has featured in pre-season hit outs with Burnley against the likes of Cork City, Shrewsbury Town, Montpelier and Espanyol before departing to Australia.

O’Neill arrived in England as a 14-year-old where he was spotted in Manchester by a scout from Burnley. O’Neill then went on to sign with Burnley’s under 16’s academy side and has been based mostly in Lancashire ever since.

The Mariners’ newest recruit is looking forward to playing his part in the Central Coast Mariners’ season.

“After I heard Mike Mulvey and Nick Montgomery were interested I just couldn’t wait to get it all done and get stuck into pre-season,” O’Neill said.

“Obviously playing in the English Premier League is every boy’s dream but leading into it [my debut], I didn’t think about it too much to be honest. For my family and myself it was a very proud moment but that’s just the start and I’ve got my whole career ahead of me.

“I’m coming on loan and I want to earn experience. I want to be involved and help the team push forward, if that helps me when it comes to Burnley then great but at the end of the day I am here to help the Mariners win games.

“A long-term goal of mine is also to break into the Socceroos squad. Moving over here at a young age makes you grow up very quickly, you’re in a man’s world full of very good footballers and you either float or sink, so my time at Burnley so far has been fantastic,” O’Neill said.

Mike Mulvey thanked Burnley FC for the opportunity to expose O’Neill to the Hyundai A-League and assist in his development as a young footballer.

“Aiden O’Neill is a very interesting player,” Mulvey said. “He didn’t play representative football in Brisbane, where he grew up, and was snapped up by Burnley FC after he had moved to England with his parents.

“Any player who trains regularly with an EPL club will have something about him and while Aiden is a young player he is a young player on a mission.

“I would like to thank Burnley Football Club and particularly the manager Sean Dyche for entrusting us with this next stage of Aiden’s development,” Mulvey said.

Usain Bolt to train with Central Coast Mariners

 Usain Bolt to train with Central Coast Mariners 

Usain Bolt

The Central Coast Mariners can today confirm that Usain Bolt has committed to an indefinite training period with the Club, with the aim to develop the ‘world’s fastest man’ into a professional footballer. 

The agreement between the Central Coast Mariners and Usain Bolt does not guarantee a professional playing contract but does provide the eight-time Olympic gold medallist with an opportunity to achieve his burning desire to play football professionally.

Bolt, who has trained with the likes of Borussia Dortmund (Germany), Mamelodi Sundowns FC (South Africa) and Strømsgodset (Norway) is scheduled to link up with the Central Coast Mariners for the first time later this month*.

Bolt is thrilled to be continuing his journey to become a professional footballer with the Central Coast Mariners.

“I am very excited about coming to Australia and would like to thank the owner and management of the Central Coast Mariners for giving me this opportunity,” Bolt said. “It has been my dream to play professional football and I know that it will involve a lot of hard work and training to get to the level required to play and make an impact in the A-League. “When I spoke to the Head Coach Mike Mulvey on the phone he outlined the ambitions of the club and his plans for the upcoming season. I hope I can make a positive contribution to the club and look forward to meeting the other players, staff and fans in the coming weeks.“I always say that ‘anything is possible, don't think limits’ and I look forward to the challenge,” Bolt said.

Central Coast Mariners CEO, Shaun Mielekamp welcomed the immense opportunity that presents itself by having one of the greatest athletes of all time here on the Central Coast.

“Our goal is to be the most innovative, entertaining and community minded sports brand in Australia, this is our competitive edge,” Mielekamp said. “Having Usain Bolt come to the club to train and hopefully develop into a professional football player is perfectly aligned to this part of the club’s philosophy.

“It is important that we don’t get too caught up in the hype of possibilities, but the reality is that Usain Bolt has placed his faith in the Central Coast Mariners to accelerate his football journey. Whilst we all know this must be tempered with the reality that there is a job to do and hard work ahead, we are committed to building a team that will win matches and instil belief, hopefully Usain can help us on this mission. 

“We welcome Usain with open arms, and we will always remain grounded and focussed on the job at hand. I also look forward to seeing the Central Coast catching the attention of sports lovers all over the world. Sports lovers who will join us and dare to dream, sports lovers who truly believe that only those who are brave enough to try and do the impossible are capable of achieving anything,” Mielekamp said.  

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CC Mariners 2018/19 Draw Released: All home games at Gosford

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The Hyundai A-League 2018/19 draw is locked in, and we’re excited to announce that all of the club’s 13 home games will be played at the iconic Central Coast Stadium.

Our new Hyundai A-League journey under Mike Mulvey begins on Sunday 21 October away to Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium and our first home match will take place at Central Coast Stadium where we host Melbourne City on Saturday 27 October at 5:35pm.

One of the most popular fixtures on the Central Coast Mariners’ calendar is our New Year’s Eve blockbuster. We are excited to host Perth Glory as we see out 2018, and aim to bring in the New Year with a win in front of a packed Central Coast Stadium.

When it comes to derby days, we’re set for visits from our closest rivals on Saturday 1 December (5:35pm vs. Sydney FC), Sunday 23 December (5:00pm vs. Newcastle Jets) and Saturday 20 April (7:50pm vs. Western Sydney Wanderers).

We’re on the road to Newcastle twice this season for the #F3Derby and with entry to McDonald Jones Stadium included in your full season membership it’s time to book your seat on the bus for Wednesday 23 January (7:50pm) and Saturday 16 March (5:35pm).

Our away fixtures against Sydney FC will be played at Jubilee Stadium (Friday 4 January) and Leichhardt Oval (Sunday 17 February).

Key Draw Details

13 Home Games at Central Coast Stadium
Season kicks off on Sunday 21 October away to Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium
Our first game is on Saturday 27 October (5:35pm) and we host Melbourne City
New Year’s Eve fixture is BACK and we host Perth Glory
Your entry to two fixtures away to Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium are included in your membership (full season only – MyClub excluded)
Have you renewed your Membership yet? Central Coast Mariners Memberships are ON SALE NOW to the general public with the exclusive renewal period for existing Members drawing to an end.

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Mariners sign Kalifa Cissé

Mariners sign Kalifa Cissé

The Central Coast Mariners can today confirm the signing of former English Premier League defensive rock, Kalifa Cissé who joins Mike Mulvey’s squad for the upcoming season after putting pen-to-paper on a one year contract.

Cissé, who can be deployed as a defensive midfielder or centre back, adds a wealth of experience to Mulvey’s defensive stocks having played for the likes of: Boavista F.C. (Portugal), Reading (UK), Bristol City (UK), New England Revolution (USA), Derby County (UK) and most recently BEC Tero Sasana (Thailand).

The Frenchman’s career started as a junior within the academy ranks of Tolouse before a move to Portugal saw him ultimately join Boavista. Two impressive seasons in the top tier of Portuguese football resulted in a lucrative move to the English Premier League where he made a name for himself with Reading.

Not a known goal scorer, Cissé found the back of the net for Reading in a memorable 6-4 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League. Although, he became a fan favourite after a crucial goal he scored in the Championship against Wolves as well as firing home the club’s goal of the season in 2008 against Bristol City, the club he would eventually transfer to.

The 34-year-old who has five caps with the Mali national team worked with Mariners Head Coach Mike Mulvey at his most recent club, BEC Tero Sasana in the Thai League 1.

Cissé is excited to join the Mariners and is hoping to play a mentor role within the club.

“For me this is a really exciting challenge,” Cissé said. “I have spoken with some players who have played in the A-League and said really positive things and I have also worked with Andrew Young [Mariners Elite Performance Coach], Mike Mulvey as well as playing against Nick Montgomery in England.

“When the opportunity came up for me to join the Central Coast Mariners it was an easy decision – the club is very ambitious and I can’t wait to get started.

“We have a really young team here at the moment, so I bring experience into the team. I really want to help the young players to grow – that’s one of my highest priorities.

“We want to be disciplined, we want to be well organised in defence and we want to show a strong fighting spirit and I want to play a big part in that,” Cissé said.

Head Coach Mike Mulvey praised the ‘win at all costs’ mentality and leadership qualities that Cissé brings to the Mariners.

“Kalifa is experienced, he’s not only played in the English Premier League but he also comes with worldly experience having played in France, Thailand and the UK to name a few,” Mulvey said. “One of the big strengths he brings to the team is leadership.

“We know he will be a solid voice at the back, he will nurture the younger players – so he is a very good acquisition for the team and we’re really excited to get him in with the team.

“When I was working in Thailand he came from two very successful clubs in Bangkok United and Bangkok Glass where he won trophies. When he came into BEC Tero Sasana where I was working, the thing about Kalifa was, he’s a gentleman off the pitch, but when he’s on the pitch he knows how to be a real footballer.

“I’ve seen first-hand how competitive Kalifa is – he hates to lose even at training. We want a bit of mongrel in the team, players who need to be winners and hopefully we can all learn from that,” Mulvey said.

Central Coast Mariners Squad
Goalkeepers: Joe GAUCI, Ben KENNEDY, Adam PEARCE
Defenders: Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, Kalifa CISSÉ, Jack CLISBY, Antony GOLEC, Jake McGING, Kye ROWLES
Midfielders: Adam BERRY, Danny De SILVA, Tom HIARIEJ, Michael McGLINCHEY, Jacob MELLING, Mario SHABOW
Attackers: Corey GAMEIRO, Andrew HOOLE, Connor PAIN, Matt SIMON

Michael McGlinchey, a Mariner until 2020

Michael McGlinchey, a Mariner until 2020

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The Central Coast Mariners are excited to announce the return of Championship winning midfielder, Michael McGlinchey.

The New Zealand International has put pen-to-paper on a two-year-contract that will see him return to the Central Coast and remain with the Mariners until at least the completion of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season.

McGlinchey etched his name in the Mariners’ history book when he raised the club’s maiden Hyundai A-League Championship trophy on April 21, 2013. The fast-footed midfielder is one of only two players to score a hat-trick for the Mariners, alongside Daniel McBreen.

After arriving at the Central Coast Mariners in 2009, the Celtic junior quickly earned his place as a regular starter in Yellow & Navy.

Mariners fans will fondly remember the goal McGlinchey scored against Suwon Bluewings in 2013 that secured arguably the most courageous win in our history. Just two days after being crowned Champions in Sydney, McGlinchey fired home in the 80th minute in South Korea to claim three points. The crucial win would ultimately see the Mariners progress through to the AFC Champions League Group Stage round of 16, another proud moment in Mariners’ history.

In five seasons with the Mariners, McGlinchey has made 120 appearances in the Hyundai A-League and now boasts 205 in total after his time across the ditch with Wellington Phoenix.

The 31-year-old is thrilled to return to the Central Coast Mariners.

“I’m really excited to be back,” McGlinchey said. “I’m delighted to get the opportunity to play for this club again.

“When Mike Mulvey and Monty contacted me, it was a no brainer. They didn’t need to sell me the club, I know what the club is all about and I wanted to come back and play for the Mariners.

“When I was here I was so happy on and off the pitch – we went on to be really successful, I’ve got some very fond memories from my time here and I want to create some more.

“I’m in my thirties now and I always said to my wife that if I had the opportunity to come back to this club, I would want to do it. I want to regather that form I had when I was here, I believe I’ve still got that in me,” McGlinchey said

Head Coach Mike Mulvey welcomed McGlinchey back to the Mariners and praised his qualities both on and off the pitch.

“Michael McGlinchey is a really tricky character on the pitch,” Mulvey said. “What I like about Michael more than anything else, is that I see him as somebody who is returning to his adopted home.

“When we signed Matt Simon I said we didn’t want just one returning Mariner – Michael McGlinchey fits that mold. I can tell that he’s a winner, he wants to improve and he’s excited about what we want to achieve. I’ve spoken to many people about the successful days at the Mariners and two names that came up quite regularly were Michael McGlinchey and Matty Simon.

“We’ve struck, we’ve got him home and I’m really happy about that. It’s not just about bringing back former players. It’s about bringing in players who are fit, hungry for success and determined to do their very best for the Central Coast Mariners,” Mulvey said.

Central Coast Mariners Squad
Goalkeepers: Joe GAUCI, Ben KENNEDY, Adam PEARCE
Defenders: Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, Jack CLISBY, Antony GOLEC, Jake McGING, Kye ROWLES
Midfielders: Adam BERRY, Danny De SILVA, Tom HIARIEJ, Michael McGLINCHEY, Jacob MELLING, Mario SHABOW
Attackers: Corey GAMEIRO, Andrew HOOLE, Connor PAIN, Matt SIMON