Danny Vukovic Returns to the Coast
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Friday, August 5, 2022
Central Coast, NSW
Danny Vukovic Returns to the Coast
Australian national team goalkeeper Danny Vukovic has returned to the Central Coast Mariners for the upcoming Isuzu UTE A-League campaign.
The experienced keeper played for the Mariners from 2005 to 2010 making a total of 104 appearances for the club.
Vukovic has enjoyed an illustrious career so far which has featured stints in Turkey, Japan, Belgium and Netherlands as well as featuring in Australian national team squads at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
The 37-year-old has kept a total of 85 clean sheets in the Isuzu UTE A-League and is also the only goalkeeper to score a goal in competition history.
Head Coach Nick Montgomery spoke about his delight to see Vukovic returning to the club.
“Bringing Danny back to the club is a massive signing for us on and off the pitch. He is a top class goalkeeper and a great person who will add so much value and experience to this young squad," said Montgomery.
"He has played at the highest level in Europe, is a real family man and is well known in our community. To bring him home to play in Australia and hopefully help him make selection for the World Cup at the end of the year would be a special thing."
Vukovic will be a part of the squad who begin the 2022/23 Isuzu UTE A-League season at home Newcastle Jets on Saturday, October 8th.
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Central Coast Mariners - Media Release
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Harry Steele to Stay on the Coast Until 2025
Young midfielder Harry Steele will remain at the club for the next three years following a superb breakout season in the Isuzu UTE A-League Men’s.
The Central Coast local enjoyed a stellar campaign which featured a total of 23 Isuzu UTE A-League Men’s appearances, including a starting position in last season’s elimination final in Adelaide.
The 19-year-old joins an extensive list of young players who developed their skills in the academy system under the guidance of Nick Montgomery and Sergio Raimundo and then promoted to the first team.
The new deal for Harry Steele aligns with the Mariners’ strategy of signing young players on long-term contracts.
Head Coach Nick Montgomery spoke about Steele’s growth over recent seasons.
“Harry has been at the club for a number of years and I even coached him at under-16 level so I have seen his progression over the years. He is another success story from our academy system which we are very proud of.
“He was a big part of our team last season, featuring in the Cup final and elimination final so he is no stranger to big occasions. We are very happy to have Harry continuing his career at the club and there is a lot more to come from him.” Montgomery added.
Harry Steele mentioned his delight to remain with his home town club.
“I am very happy to re-sign. Thanks to all of the coaching staff for the opportunity and I am excited for the next three seasons ahead.”
Harry Steele will be in action on Sunday, July 31st when Central Coast Mariners take on Sydney FC in the Australia Cup Round of 32.
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Jacob Farrell signs on until 2025
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We are excited to announce that Jacob Farrell will be staying with the Central Coast Mariners for the next three years after a fantastic breakout season.
The young full-back made a total of 25 league appearances including an F3 Derby goal on his Isuzu UTE A-League Men’s debut.
Farrell spent much of his teenage years developing his footballing skills in the academy under the leadership of Nick Montgomery and Sérgio Raimundo.
His hard work in the club’s academy system was rewarded with a professional contract prior to the commencement of the 2021/22 season.
Not only did the 19-year-old’s impressive club form see him attract interest from overseas, but he also earned a call-up to the Australia Under-23 squad where he featured three times in the AFC Under-23 Asian Cup in Uzbekistan in June.
This re-signing reflects the club’s intent to secure young players on long-term contracts with fellow academy graduates Josh Nisbet, Dan Hall and Max Balard also inking new deals in recent months.
Head Coach Nick Montgomery praised the left-back’s work ethic.
“Jacob is an outstanding young player and already in one season has shown that he has a massive future. He is a pleasure to work with every day and while quiet off the field he has a big impact on the field.
“He has a level of consistency far beyond his years and he will only get better with further development. We are delighted that Jacob has committed his future to the club as this speaks volumes for what we are trying to do at the Mariners,” Montgomery added.
Jacob Farrell is a Central Coast local and is looking forward to continuing his footballing journey with the club.
“It’s an honour to re-sign for the club that gave me an opportunity in professional football. I hope to repay the Mariners with my efforts on the field over the coming years,” said Farrell.
“I’d also like to thank Monty [Nick Montgomery] and Serg [Sérgio Raimundo] for believing in my ability and giving me a chance on the big stage.”
Farrell’s agent Paddy Dominguez spoke about the interest they gathered from overseas.
“Jacob is one of the best young defenders I’ve seen in this country in a long time and his outstanding defensive stats last year are a clear indication of his potential,” said Dominguez.
“Even though there is plenty of work and improvement ahead for Jacob, we have already had plenty of interest from big teams in Europe and I have no doubt whatsoever that with his continuing development under Monty [Nick Montgomery] and his coaching staff and with the support of Central Coast Mariners there is a very bright future ahead for Jacob, both at club level and for Australia”.
Jacob Farrell will be in action when Central Coast Mariners meet Sydney FC in the Australia Cup Round of 32 on Sunday, July 31st.
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Mariners sign Ghanaian Paul Ayongo
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It’s with great excitement that the Central Coast Mariners announce they have signed 25-year-old Paul Ayongo on a two-year deal from the Liga Portugal 2.
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Ayongo is a strong and powerful striker that knows his way to goal. He was born in Ghana and played football with Charity Stars until the age of 16 where he migrated to Portugal to chase his football dreams.
As a 17-year-old, he joined Oeiras as a junior and then moved to third division side Amarentre FC where he continuously exceeded expectations, impressing the club and earning himself consistent promotions up through the ranks. He concluded his three-year spell with the club with an astounding 23 goals from 32 matches in the 2017/18 season.
After this impressive stint with Amarante, he moved to Primeira Liga team Paços de Ferreira, and after scoring four times in the top division, he was subsequently loaned out to CD Mafra where he also scored four goals, proving again his exceptional & reliable scoring ability.
Ayongo joins the Mariners from Académico de Viseu where he made 67 appearances over two seasons and was involved in 21 goals, scoring 18 of them and assisting three.
Mariners Head Coach Nick Montgomery spoke with great excitement about the arrival of Ayongo.
“Paul has been on our scouting list since I was promoted to the A-League last season. We know the player well and after his name came across our scouting network multiple times, Sergio and I arranged a zoom call to convince him that the Mariners would be a good move for him and his career.
“Paul is a very popular player at his previous clubs, due largely to his outstanding work rate and his honesty on and off the pitch. One thing we know about Paul is that he won’t back down and with his arrival, it will create more competition for places within our forward line, which pushes everyone to be better and is the only way to be successful.
“We successfully fought off interest from other clubs in Europe and Asia for Paul and I’m delighted that we can secure his signature for the next two years”, Montgomery concluded.
Speaking on his move to Australia, Ayongo was excited to experience life Down Under and play his football on the Central Coast.
“I am really looking forward to coming to Australia and making an impact on the A-League and hopefully scoring a few goals in the process.
“I’ve heard great things about the Central Coast and I am excited to get to know the boys and work with Monty [Nick Montgomery] and Sergio [Sergio Raimundo – Assistant Coach].”
Ayongo will fly into Australia ahead of the Australia Cup which will kick off the Mariners’ 2022/23 season, with the Mariners facing Sydney FC in the Round of 32.
Central Coast Mariners set to enter 2023/24 Liberty A-League Women’s
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The Central Coast Mariners are extremely excited to confirm the announcement of their inclusion in the Liberty A-League Women’s competition for the 2023/24 season, after being granted a provisional licence by the Australian Professional Leagues. The club is ready to enter the competition, pending Football Australia Board approval, and is honoured to contribute to the continued growth of the women’s game, not only in the Central Coast region but nationally, taking an active role in producing the next crop of Matildas.
The Mariners will bring a vibrant and exciting team that harnesses the core values they have established as a club over the last 17 years. This will allow the club to showcase how their proven model works at the professional level for women. In fact, their journey has already begun, kicking off with the existing National Premier League Women’s Academy which starts from U10’s and now has a completed pathway through to A-League Women’s.
This commitment from the Australian Professional Leagues on the expansion of A-League Women’s also gives the Mariners time to make sure they hit the ground running. The club will use the next 12 months wisely to make sure everything is ready to go when they play their first match. The Mariners’ plan is to announce the Women’s Head Coach before 1 January 2023 and make the first signing on 1 June 2023. Putting these dates in place solidifies the club’s commitment to launching its exciting completion.
Mariners CEO Shaun Mielekamp spoke of the excitement about the expansion of the Liberty A-League Women’s to include the Mariners:
“This step has been many years in the planning for us. What I am most excited about is what this will bring to our community and how the match day experience will be something very special for every football fan to attend. I know that this will excite the existing fanbase of female footballers who I know will turn up to not only see some great talented players, but also to be a part of something very special for the Central Coast” Mielekamp said.
“This has been a long journey for us, but we’ve stuck true to our motto that we ‘won’t back down’. Now that we have been rewarded with a provisional licence, I cannot wait for this to explode in the way that I know it will.”
As the Mariners transition into this new territory, it is with great confidence that the club can work with VenuesLive in the operation of Central Coast Stadium to bring the women’s game to the Central Coast. Central Coast Stadium is ready for the women’s game, being one of a select few stadiums across Australia with female specific changerooms, along with the demonstration of their ability to operate double header matches which occurred last season.
With the club entering this exciting venture, the Mariners have already secured a number of partners who are keen to associate with this historic movement across the Central Coast and the Club thanks those for their support in this initial project.
Chairman Richard Peil also spoke about the delight in this exciting venture for the club:
“The opportunity to bring a Central Coast Mariners team to the Liberty A-League Women’s was an essential component when my wife Jess and I were making the decision to invest in the club. There’s no doubt that women’s sport is on a massive growth trajectory right now in Australia, and it’s finally heading towards getting the recognition that these talented athletes deserve, so I’m thrilled that the Central Coast Mariners have the opportunity to contribute to that. Just like every league the club competes in, we’re not heading into this just to fill the numbers, we’re entering to be competitive from the very first whistle!
“We have just over 12 months to bring this all together, and we have already been working hard in the background to produce a business model that is self-sustaining from day one. This means we have to think outside the box, do things a bit differently, call on the expertise of some of the best football brains in the country, and make sure we have solid 1, 3 and 10 year plans in place to ensure we are competitive and around for the long-term.”
The Central Coast Mariners look forward to welcoming existing and new fans as they join the Liberty A-League Women’s in 2023/24.