Chris Harold retires from professional football
Chris Harold retires from professional football
The Central Coast Mariners can today confirm that Chris Harold has made the decision to retire from professional football, effective immediately.
The 28-year old, who joined the Mariners in the January window and debuted in the 49th F3Derby, will instead pursue a career in law for which he has finished his university studies.
Harold scored twice and assisted once in his short stint with the Mariners before the COVID-enforced break earlier this year and despite signing a new two contract before the hiatus, made the decision not to return for the season remainder.
During time off back in Perth, Harold came to the decision to retire and is adamant that it is the right call for him to make.
"For me, the decision was one of excitement and fond reflection,” Harold said this week.
“It's not as if football will suddenly cease to be a part of my life, it will just take on a new role."
"This whole COVID period has given people a chance to take a step back and reflect on their lives in their current form and the mental clarity that came with the time away helped me understand that my priorities had changed and it was time to move into the next phase in my life."
"I maintained a law degree for nine years whilst I was playing.”
“That's a hell of a lot of work on top of being a professional athlete. But now, I have had the power to make my own decisions for me and my family and not felt tied down by people within the game."
Harold retires as the games record holder for Perth Glory, who he played for prior to the Mariners, and Mariners Head Coach Alen Stajcic wished him the best of luck in his next chapter.
“Chris was only with us for a short period but during that time his professionalism and work ethic were clear to see, and he was a great addition for us.”
“All of us here at the club support the decision he’s making and wish him the best of luck for the next chapter of his life.”
CC Mariners - Mark Birighitti takes out 2020 Mariners Medal
Mariners goalkeeper Mark Birighitti has added his name to a prestigious list, claiming the 2020 Mariners Medal sponsored by Collaborative Construction Solutions on Thursday night after a strong debut season in the Yellow & Navy.
The 2020 Mariners Medal dinner was a stark contrast to previous years, presented on a smaller scale at Mingara Recreation Club in compliance with COVID-19 protocols and with only players, club staff and club partners in attendance.
Birighitti arrived from Melbourne City during the off-season last year and quickly established himself as a bona fide number one in Gosford, making a number of stunning saves throughout the campaign including his heroics in the FFA Cup that sent the Mariners into the quarter finals.
The 29-year old made more saves than any other goalkeeper in the competition with 99, and on Thursday night was also recognised by his colleagues as the Player’s Player of the Year and the McDonald’s Fan’s Player of the Year also.
Scottish defender Ziggy Gordon picked up a couple of honours, awarded the Official Supporters Club Player of the Year for his efforts throughout, as well as receiving the Men of Football Damien Brown Medal.
After a big first season at senior level Gianni Stensness was awarded the Yellow & Navy Foundation Newcomer of the Year award, and also took home the Noel Spencer Goal of the Year gong for his bicycle kick effort in Round 21 against Western United.
The Central Coast Mariners Chairman’s Award was presented to Cheyanne Pay, the Club’s event coordinator who assumed the role of COVID Officer during the restart to ensure that Players and Staff could finish the season safely.
The contribution of Volunteers to the Club, which is so valuable to Hyundai A-League matchdays and events was also recognised as Caroline Sutas was awarded the University of Newcastle Volunteer of the Year award.
A full list of awards can be seen below.
Full Honour Roll |
Mariners Medal sponsored by Collaborative Construction Solutions – Mark Birighitti
Central Coast Mariners Golden Boot – Milan Duric
Central Coast Mariners Player’s Player – Mark Birighitti
Central Coast Mariners McDonald’s Fan’s Player of the Year - Mark Birighitti
Central Coast Mariners Official Supporters Club Player of the Year – Ziggy Gordon
Men of Football Damien Brown Medal – Ziggy Gordon
Yellow & Navy Foundation Newcomer of the Year – Gianni Stensness
Central Coast Mariners Goal of the Year – Gianni Stensness
University of Newcastle Volunteer of the Year – Caroline Sutas
Chairman’s Award – Cheyanne Pay
Foxtel Y-League Player of the Year – Dan Hall
Central Coast Mariners Five Years of Service Recognition – Shaun Mielekamp, Mel Woods, Adam Pearce, Keith Bain, Dan Challinor
Mariners Media Release: Sam Silvera completes transfer to Portugal
The Central Coast Mariners can today confirm the transfer of Sam Silvera to Portuguese club Futebol Clube Pacos de Ferreira has been completed following the agreement of terms.
The 19-year old attacker, who signed with the Mariners in 2019, will join the Primeira Liga club for an undisclosed fee and complete a medical upon arrival.
Silvera arrived at the Mariners in June last year and made his debut against Maitland in the early rounds of the FFA Cup, providing an assist as his new team progressed.
He then came off the bench late against Brisbane Roar in the Round of 16, scoring a vital goal and making a strong impact as the Mariners eventually progressed via a penalty shootout.
Head Coach Alen Stajcic praised Silvera for his growth and performances while at the Mariners.
“It has been a pleasure to work with Sammy during his time at the Mariners, and seeing his growth as a player and a person this move does not come as a surprise,” Stajcic said.
“He has worked very hard and we’ve given him every opportunity to flourish as a footballer, and I look forward to seeing him do well overseas.”
“This Club was built on giving young Australian players an opportunity to grow and develop, and this move is a clear example of us returning to those roots and it shows the positive direction we are heading in.”
Silvera thanked the club upon confirmation of the deal and said he was looking forward to getting started with his new club.
“It feels amazing to be moving to Europe. I feel like the football in Portugal will suit my style and I will be working hard to succeed over there,” he said.
“Over this past year I feel as though I’ve grown and developed so much as a footballer and I can’t wait to take this next step forward in my career.”
“I have to thank all the coaching staff for having faith in me and giving me a chance from day one in the FFA Cup and then throughout the season.”
“And I want to thank everyone at the club, all the staff, and the players for being a great playing group to be a part of this season.”
Central Coast Mariners Media Release: Mariners squad update
Monday, 31st August 2020
The Central Coast Mariners can today confirm the departure of a number of players on completion of their Hyundai A-League playing contracts with the club.
Following the conclusion of the 2019/20 Hyundai A-League campaign, players have now departed for the off-season as the club awaits further details of the 2020/21 A-League season.
The following players will now finish with the Mariners upon expiration of their contracts, and the Club would like to thank them for their contributions throughout their time with the Central Coast Mariners.
Michael McGlinchey, Milan Djuric. Tommy Oar, Jacob Melling, Jair Eduardo, Britto da Silva
Negotiations continue with a number of players and the Club will provide further information regarding them when appropriate.
Mariners denied by Glory in restart on the Coast
A first half goal from Dane Ingham proved the difference at Central Coast Stadium on Saturday night, as the Mariners fell to a 1-0 defeat against Perth in their first game of the Hyundai A-League restart.
Perth took the lead through Ingham’s 32nd minute curler as they enjoyed the ascendancy in the first half, but the Mariners did well to get back on top in the second half as they pushed for an equaliser.
Jacob Melling and Dylan Fox both started in a new look side, with a dangerous bench at Alen Stajcic’s disposal and the Mariners wore black armbands following the death of Andre Gumprecht’s wife, Carina.
Jacob Melling fired wide and Bruno Fornaroli looked to cause trouble but neither side troubled their opponent’s goalkeeper until Ingam’s goal just after the half hour mark.
Neil Kilkenny played a slide rule ball through to Ingham as he came in from the wing, and the 21-year old wasted no time taking a touch and firing across Mark Birighitti to give Perth the lead.
Ivan Franjic and then Kristian Popovic were both carded for cynical fouls as the game approached half time, but the scoreboard was not troubled further as the teams went into the changerooms.
An early corner for the Mariners proved dangerous but the ball didn’t sit right for Kye Rowles, before Birighitti and then Liam Reddy were forced into saves at either end.
Dylan Ruiz-Diaz and Josh Nisbet were introduced by Stajcic after 56 minutes for Melling and Daniel DeSilva, and Ruiz-Diaz’s curling cross minutes later was just out of reach of Jordan Murray.
With 25 minutes left to play Murray leapt into the air to contest an aerial ball with Alex Grant and landed heavily after the collision, laying on the ground before being stretchered from the field.
Staj confirmed post-match a dislocated shoulder for the forward, and he was replaced in a double substation as Matt Simon and Milan Duric replaced him and Jack Clisby.
The Mariners pushed through the final 20 minutes with a number of chances created and Alou Kuol created headaches for Perth after his introduction, but they couldn’t break down a Perth side who were content to resolutely defend through the final stanza.
Stajic and the team will now turn attentions to a big weekend coming up, with Friday’s F3 Derby followed quickly by a clash with Western Sydney Wanderers on the Monday.