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Club Statement: Ziggy Gordon departs Mariners

The Central Coast Mariners can today confirm that the Club has granted Ziggy Gordon a release from his A-League playing contract.

Gordon approached the Mariners to request a release, and after further discussions the Club agreed to do so with the best interests of the player in mind.

The Scottish defender joined the Mariners squad in 2019 and appeared in every A-League game last season.

Mariners Head of Football Ken Schembri wished Gordon good luck in his next chapter.

“Ziggy has been a great professional since joining us last year, and all the staff have enjoyed our time working with him,” he said.

“We all wish Ziggy the best of luck with whatever comes next for him.”

Gordon thanked the Mariners and fans for his time in Gosford.

“This club is special and brilliantly unique, and one that I will always be indebted to for the opportunity and unwavering support from the fans and community,” he said.

“I only wish them success in the future and thank them and especially the supporters for what has been a memorable time in my life.”

The Mariners will make another announcement later today regarding a new signing.

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We’re kicking off the season with a bang! The Mariners are excited to announce that we will be hosting fireworks at our New Years Eve clash against the Newcastle Jets!

Tickets for the match, and the rest of the Central Coast Mariners home matches for 2020/21 go on sale at midday, Thursday 17 December through Ticketek.

With the fireworks being a long-standing tradition in Gosford, CEO Shaun Mielekamp spoke about the importance of being able to give something back to the coast community.

“I’m so excited to announce that with the help of all the Central Coast Mariners partners and sponsors, that at our match on New Years Eve we are able to put on the fireworks for our fans”

“We’ve got our match against the Newcastle Jets, the big F3 Derby which we are so excited to have but even better – at the end of the match if you’re in the stadium you’ll get a fireworks display. 2020 has been tough for a lot of people, and what better way to celebrate the end of the year than with fireworks in Gosford”

“I’m so honoured to be part of a club giving back to the community this way, and such a brilliant way to bring in the new year”

Make sure you’ve got the best view in the house, by securing your seat the Central Coast Stadium to witness the fireworks display at the conclusion of the match.

Tickets for the Central Coast Mariners v Newcastle Jets match, and the rest of the 2020/21 season are on sale from midday on Thursday 17 December 2020 through Ticketek.

CEO Shaun Mielekamp Audio: Click here.


Central Coast Mariners v Newcastle Jets
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Thursday 31 December 2020
Kick Off: 7:00pm
Join the Conversation: #CCMFC #F3Derby
Tickets available from Ticketek.

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Stefan Nigro signs with the Mariners

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A-League Championship winning defender Stefan Nigro has signed with the Central Coast Mariners for the upcoming A-League 20/21 season.

The 24-year old Ballarat born Nigro has played 35 games with Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar since debuting in 2015/16, including the 2017/18 Grand Final at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Nigro began 2020 with Green Gully in Victoria’s NPL before the season was cut down by the COVID-19 pandemic, and after heading to the Coast on a trial said he is ready to hit the ground running for the new season.

“I’m really excited, I’m over the moon to be honest,” Nigro said.

“It’s a great opportunity for me, I feel excited to be part of the Club, and I’ve loved my time here to date, I’ve been here for 4-5 weeks now and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”

“I’ve got a fair bit of experience at this level; I’ve been part of a Championship winning team which is the biggest achievement in this league. It’s a joy to be back and I can’t wait to get started against Newcastle on New Year’s Eve.

Nigro was invited to trial but first had to take himself to Darwin to complete two weeks of quarantine before being able to arrive in New South Wales to link up with the Mariners.

With a contract now secured the former Roar and Victory man said he has enjoyed working with Alen Stajcic and that the current squad helped convince him to come up.

“There was an opportunity to come on trial, and I was really excited to take that and I came here, and to be offered a contract, that is what I came here for,” he said.

“I know a few of the boys up here, they were speaking very well of how the team was going in pre-season and I can’t wait to get cracking with the season.”

Mariners Head Coach Stajcic praised Nigro’s professionalism since arriving and embraced him as a good addition to the Club’s defensive stocks.

“We are all very happy to have Stefan sign with us here at the Mariners, and it’s a credit to him for the way he has conducted himself so far,” Stajcic said.

“He showed a lot of commitment with undertaking the quarantine period and he has shown similar determination, professionalism and hunger throughout his trial at the Club.”

“He’s got plenty of experience at this level and he also brings defensive quality to our backline at either fullback position.”

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The Central Coast Mariners have today launched the Club’s striking A-League 20/21 jersey range with Umbro Australia.

Featuring the home, away, alternate and goalkeeper strips, the new range features elements of the past combined with forward-thinking patterns and designs.

The brand-new home kit incorporates elements of the jersey worn in the 2012/13 Grand Final, with a clean yellow base complimented by a navy blue collar, shoulders and sleeves.

The home kit is coupled with navy blue shorts and yellow socks and will be worn in all matches at Central Coast Stadium.

“We’re all very excited about this kit and appreciate the link it creates to an important period of our Club’s history,” CEO Shaun Mielekamp said.

“The home kit design has been directly inspired from the most loved kits in our history.”

“Drawing from the core design of the championship season and incorporating the collar and performance material of the famous 2017/18 stripes jersey this is hopefully a kit that every Mariners fan will warm deeply to.”

“The support of Masterfoods remains so valuable to us and their new branding complements the jersey design well this year, and it’s great to have Dovmac Mining & Construction back on the playing shorts and reaffirming their commitment to the local community.”

As always, the role of the Club and its importance to the region is recognised by the palm trees and ‘The Community Club’ slogan below the collar on the back, a crucial part of the Mariners identity.

Away from home, the team will don a blue & black patterned strip while a grey jersey and shorts will be worn for kit clashes encountered on the road.



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Matt Simon re-signs for the Mariners in dual role

Mariners club legend and all-time leading scorer Matt Simon will remain with the Club for the A-League 2020/21 season as Alen Stajcic bolsters the senior ranks of his squad.

The 34-year old striker hinted at another season after the Mariners draw with the Wanderers in the post-COVID restart and has now confirmed he will return in a playing capacity and also as a mentor for younger players as part of a ‘dual role’.

Simon, a Coastie at heart who played his junior football at East Gosford, has scored 51 goals across 194 appearances for the Mariners since making his debut in the 2006/07 season and has been captain since returning to the Club at the beginning of 2018/19.

Simon’s seniority and knowledge of the A-League landscape makes him an ideal mentor for the current crop of youth coming through the Club and Head Coach Alen Stajcic said it was great to have Simon back for another season in this role.

“All the staff and players here are looking forward to working with Matty across this role, and from what we have already seen during pre-season it is clear it will be beneficial for all,” Stajcic said.

“We all know the stature of Matty at this club and what he has achieved, so for him to be able to continue as a player here but also offer something to the young guys is great for both him and the whole group.”

Simon scored three times in 21 appearances last season, four of which were starts, and famously scored two injury time penalties in round 14 to seal a drought-breaking win against Melbourne Victory.

Speaking about his re-signing, the 34-year old said he is enjoying his pre-season and surroundings and that with a season start date now locked in preparations are fully underway.

“I’m definitely excited to be going around again and looking forward to contributing on and off the field,” Simon said.

“We have a young core this season and some exciting talent coming through, and it’s great that I am in a position where I can help them adapt to the professional football environment.”

“We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us to get to where we want to be, and I can help drive that both as a player but also by working with the young boys and making sure they are in the best environment to succeed.”

Current Squad (Announced): Mark Birighitti (GK), Jack Clisby, Oliver Bozanic, Daniel DeSilva, Adam Pearce, Kye Rowles, Gianni Stensness, Matt Simon, Ruon Tongyik, Joshua Nisbet, Lewis Miller, Alou Kuol, Daniel Bouman, Matt Hatch, Dan Hall


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