Mariners sign Giancarlo Gallifuoco

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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

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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.

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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.

Mariners fall to City

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Mariners fall to City

The Central Coast Mariners have rounded out their season with a night to forget at AAMI Park, a 5-0 loss to Melbourne City.

Melbourne City FC 5 (Harrison 35’ & 55’, McGree 42’, Vidosic 50’, Najjarine 92’) Central Coast Mariners 0

The run down

After a promising start by the Mariners, it was City who went into the break with a half time lead thanks to two strikes in 10 minutes by Shayon Harrison & Riley McGree to round out the opening stanza.

It marked the end of a very quiet first half, where neither side boasted too many promising chances on goal.

Momentum continued with the home side in the second half who doubled their lead, scoring two goals in the opening 10 minutes of the second half.

Alen Stajcic offered game time to some of his youngsters in Peter Kekeris, Lewis Miller & Dylan Ruiz-Diaz who all came off the bench in the second half.

But City were too good at home, driving confidently into the finals series with a sensational stoppage time goal to Ramy Najjarine.

GOALS:

35’ HARRISON GOAL (1-0): A solo run along the byline from Tottenham loanee Shayon Harrison gave City the opener, finishing from a tight angle.

42’ MCGREE GOAL (2-0): McGree was on hand to emphatically volley home from close range, thanks to a pin-point Scott Jamieson cross.

50’ VIDOSIC GOAL (3-0): Vidosic put the finishing touches on a cross in from the left from Lachlan Wales.

55’ HARRISON GOAL (4-0): Harrison scored his second goal of the night from close range, thanks to Wales’ second assist of the night.

92’ NAIJARINE GOAL (5-0): A promising City build up was capped off by stunning finish from Najjarine to make it five.

Stajcic in the media

“We held them for 35 minutes and the game was quite sterile up until that point. A little bit of magic from young Harrison which changed the momentum of the game. We were disjointed at the back with so many positional changes back there, which gave them a couple of soft goals. They took them well with world class finishes but it was poor marking in the penalty box.

“City are good on the ball, they control it well and they deserved their win.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re playing in the first round or the last round you’re a professional. It’s not an easy moment for the players, not an easy situation, but it’s where you see real characters stand up and really see the resilience of some.

“They [the players] are playing for contracts every week, not tonight. I’m not basing my judgement on tonight, I’m basing it on the last few months. Players want to come to our club, players want to stay at our club – we will pick up and be in a much stronger position next season.

“You always need to reflect and evaluate what the club needs. We need a better foundation, more stability and more depth. There hasn’t been a great amount of depth and you saw that tonight, with Kye Rowles out, the disjointed nature of the back four made it tough at times,” Stajcic said.

Central Coast Mariners: 12. Adam PEARCE (GK), 3. Jack CLISBY, 6. Tom HIARIEJ (33.Lewis MILLER 69’), 7. Andrew HOOLE (36.Dylan RUIZ-DIAZ 56’), 13. Aiden O’NEILL (17.Peter KEKERIS 88’), 18. Matthew MILLER, 19. Matthew SIMON, 22. Jacob MELLING, 25. Jordan MURRAY, 28. Samuel GRAHAM

Substitutes not used: 1. Ben KENNEDY (GK) & 29. Stephen MALLON

Yellow cards: Miller 72’, O’Neill 87’

Melbourne City FC squad: 42.James DELIANOV (GK), 3.Scott JAMIESON, 5.Bart SCHENKEVELD, 8.Riley McGREE, 9.Shayon HARRISON, 10.Dario VIDOSIC (51.Idrus ABDULAHI 81’), 13.Nathaniel ATKINSON, 15.Kearyn BACCUS (21.Ramy NAJJARINE 73’), 19.Lachlan WALES, 25.Iacopo LA ROCCA, 26.Luke BRATTAN (34. Connor METCALFE 57’)

Subtitutes not used: 40.Majak MAWTH (GK) & 41.Mitchell GRAHAM

Yellow cards:

Friday, 26 April 2019
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Melbourne City FC vs. Central Coast Mariners

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