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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

Mariners sign Giancarlo Gallifuoco

Giancarlo Gallifuoco

Mariners sign Giancarlo Gallifuoco

The Central Coast Mariners have secured the services of 25-year-old midfielder, Giancarlo Gallifuoco who has put pen-to-paper on a two-year-deal with the Club.

Gallifuoco arrives from the Western Sydney Wanderers where he signed in March and played the final seven games of their campaign.

Before his return to the Hyundai A-League the experienced midfielder, plied his trade with Italian Serie C side FC Rieti.

The former Australian U23 representative made his Hyundai A-League debut in 2015 for Melbourne Victory before Gallifuoco’s football journey saw him play for the likes of Torquay United and Dover Athletic in the UK.

Affectionately known as ‘GG’, the young Australian representative featured for the youth teams of Tottenham Hotspur & Swansea City.

Upon signing his contract at the Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence, Gallifuoco spoke of his desire to help drive the Mariners up the Hyundai A-League table.

“I’m very excited to get going,” Gallifuoco said. “Everyone at the Mariners wants to be a part of returning this club to the powerhouse that it once was. People forget about the trophies this club has won – their form in recent years hasn’t been great but I remember watching the Central Coast of old who were a Premiership winning, Grand Final winning team.

“Alen spoke to me about his vision for the future and the role he sees me playing, but even coming up against the Mariners this season, seeing how he tactically set the team up was very impressive, I could see that Alen was the type of the coach I wanted to play under so I am delighted to join the Mariners,” Gallifuoco said.

When asked what type of player fans should expect to see in ‘GG’, the 25-year-old spoke of his versatility.

“I’m physical, fast and that’s why I’ve always been able to transition from midfield to centre back, to right back or even in more attacking roles. At the Mariners, regardless of what position I play, I want the fans to know that I’m the kind of player that will use every single bit of energy at every training session, in every game. I leave nothing on the pitch.

“All I want, is to be a part of the resurgence of getting this club back to where it deserves to be,” Gallifuoco said.

Head Coach Alen Stajcic is expecting big things from the new recruit.

“Coming from the Wanderers, Giancarlo was a consistent performer and showed a great presence. We’ll expect the same thing here at the Mariners, that he fits into the new team and hits the ground running.

“We’re looking forward to Giancarlo joining us next season. His versatility and being able to play a variety of roles will be an important part of our team moving forward” Stajcic said.

CCM Media Release: Hiariej, Gameiro & Gauci depart Mariners


CCM Media Release: Hiariej, Gameiro & Gauci depart Mariners

The Central Coast Mariners can today confirm the departures of Tom Hiariej, Corey Gameiro & Joe Gauci upon the completion of their Hyundai A-League contracts.

Across two seasons, Tom Hiariej featured 37 times in Yellow & Navy after arriving from the Netherlands in June 2017.

Both Gauci and Gameiro joined the Central Coast Mariners during the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 pre-season.

The Central Coast Mariners would like to thank Tom, Corey & Joe for their service to the Club and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.


CCM Media Release: Adam Pearce earns contract extension

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Adam Pearce earns contract extension

The Central Coast Mariners can today confirm that young shot stopper Adam Pearce has signed a two-year contract extension that will see him remain in Yellow & Navy until at least the end of the Hyundai A-League 2020/21 season.

The 22-year-old first arrived on the Central Coast as a 17-year-old in the Mariners youth set up before signing his maiden professional contract in August 2017.

Pearce has waited patiently, earning six Hyundai A-League appearances under the tutelage of Goalkeeping Coach Matt Nash.

Having transitioned from NPL to A-League over his past five years with the club, Pearce is looking forward to his first substantial break and starting fresh in the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 pre-season.

“To sign for the next two years is a fantastic opportunity,” Pearce said. “As a keeper, you need to do everything to prepare yourself to be ready when called upon, working with Matt Nash has been great for my development and I can’t thank him enough for the time and energy he has put in with me.

“It’s a dream to play in the Hyundai A-League, this year I earned opportunities to play which has been the most rewarding part of my career so far. Every day you turn up to training and on the weekend, you want to be playing, that’s something every footballer aspires to, so hopefully I can earn that number one spot.

“Signing for two years means I will have been at the Mariners for at least seven years, after coming through the youth system I’ve always looked up to the professionals in front of me. It’s such a humbling experience.

“To walk out at Central Coast Stadium and play for the Central Coast Mariners is a privilege. The fans have been unbelievable, I know it’s been a tough few seasons, but it doesn’t stop them coming out in full force. Every player who has ever been in that change room appreciates the fans’ support and what they do for us each week.

“Now I’m looking forward to a break, focussing on pre-season and putting in as much hard work as it takes. I haven’t really had a break of more than a week, so to get away and refresh before pre-season should make a big difference. Then I can get back for a fresh start and look forward to a successful season ahead,” Pearce said.

Head Coach Alen Stajcic noted that the contract extension was a reward for the glove man’s hard work.

“For a young, aspiring goalkeeper like Adam Pearce who has progressed through the youth ranks, it’s great to keep him at the club,” Stajcic said. “To see Pearcey perform in the Hyundai A-League is a testament to his development, so we’re excited to see where he can take his game to next.

“It’s a hard task waiting for an opportunity as a young goalkeeper, but when given the chance against Western Sydney, Pearce showed that he was ready to take his opportunity with both hands.

“This Club has a history for developing great young goalkeepers and we are confident that Pearcey is certainly one for the future,” Stajcic said.

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CCM Media Release: Kye Rowles Re-Signs until 2021

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Kye Rowles Re-Signs until 2021

The Central Coast Mariners are pleased to announce that promising defender, Kye Rowles, has signed a two-year contract extension that will see him remain in Yellow & Navy until at least the end of the Hyundai A-League 2020/21 season.

The 20-year-old defender has already notched 34 Hyundai A-League appearances after debuting in 2017.

Rowles’ Mariners debut came in spectacular circumstances when he was tapped on the shoulder three minutes before kick-off ahead of Round 7 in the 2017/18 season after Josh Rose was injured in the warm up.

The 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup Representative took the opportunity with both hands and has not looked back since.

It’s been a big season for Rowles who scored his maiden Mariners goal and was rewarded for his impressive performances with a call up to Graham Arnold’s Australian U23’s squad.

Upon signing his contract extension, Rowles credited the fans for making the Central Coast feel like home since arriving in June 2017.

“It’s a great feeling to sure up your future for the next couple of years as it allows you to really focus on what you want to achieve with the team,” Rowles said. “Life under Staj so far has been great; he knows the style he wants to play, the structures he wants to instil, so I am really looking forward to continuing to play under him.

“Staj is disciplined, very positive and in such a short space of time he has instilled so much confidence in the playing group.

“Personally, I want to play as many games as I can and perform. As a team, if we’re all doing that we will be able to be very competitive over the next couple of seasons.

“Two years has felt like a lifetime and we are dying to turn things around and be competitive again. Especially for the fans, we need to repay their faith.

“Since I’ve arrived, everyone has been so welcoming and supportive. That reflects on all of the boys who come here, so I am excited to know that I will be calling the Central Coast home for at least another two years,” Rowles said.

Head Coach Alen Stajcic praised Kye’s loyalty to the Central Coast Mariners.

“We are delighted to extend Kye’s stay with the Mariners,” Stajcic said. “This season he has shown what a rock-solid defender he is, now that Kye’s future is confirmed, he can focus on developing and helping the team build towards a big future.

“Individually, Kye will want to work his way into the Australian Under 23’s squad and we want to help him with that over the next 12 – 18 months.

“Kye will be a key player for us over the next two seasons and we look forward to seeing where he can take his game, wearing the Mariners’ badge,” Rowles said.