Leading into his 100th Hyundai A-League appearance, Jack Clisby reflected on a career milestone whilst paying credit to the culture created on the Central Coast. Kick-off on Sunday is 5pm against Adelaide United.
After stints with Perth Glory, Melbourne City, Western Sydney Wanderers and now the Mariners, at just 26 years-of-age, 100 games in the top flight is some achievement.
The Perth-born defender reflected on the prouder moments of his career as well as talking about the tight bond formed between his teammates in Yellow & Navy.
Coastal Sea Change…
“My move to the Central Coast has been fantastic,” Clisby said. “The club, the culture, it’s the best culture I’ve felt within a playing group. Everyone’s on the same level, we’re all a team and we’re all united which is what I really like about this club.
“The togetherness and culture that Mike Mulvey and Monty have instilled, everyone respects their decisions whether you’re playing or not playing. Everyone is fighting to get in the team, there’s no bitterness and that’s what you need in a squad.
“I feel this is the strongest side the Mariners have had in quite some time,” Clisby said. “The camaraderie throughout the group is fantastic – we’re a very together group and I think we will show people what we can do this year,” Clisby said.
Reflecting on his 99 Hyundai A-League appearances…
“For me personally it’s a very proud moment that I’m really looking forward to,” Clisby said. “I’m also looking very much forward to the game, Adelaide won the FFA Cup and will be on a high but after our last two performances, we head into this game full of confidence.
“After my 90th odd game – I finally scored my first goal. When I was younger I was a prolific goal scorer at about 15 years old,” Clisby laughed. “But there are many moments that stand out – especially my professional debut for Perth Glory. From that moment forward it’s been very quick but now I’m at 100 games, I’m very proud and I’m sure that my family and friends are too,” Clisby said.
Mariners Pink Round…
“We will be wearing the pink kits on the weekend which is fantastic and a very special occasion,” Clisby said. “We’re all really proud as a club to be raising funds and awareness for women’s cancer research.
Mariners set piece duties…
“There’s a few of us in the team who can step up and take them,” Clisby said. “Ross hits a fantastic free-kick, as well as Mikey McGlinchey and Tommy Oar. We like to have options, we all practice and whoever’s feeling confident on the day and in that time, will step up.
“I’ve been practicing a lot more since coming to the club because I wanted to add more to my game. Set pieces, corners, free kicks, I want to keep practicing and apply that in a game situation,” Clisby said.
Two games, two draws…
“I think a draw was fair in Brisbane because they had many chances but the determination and way we’ve defended the last two games, we’re disappointed to concede a late equaliser,” Clisby said. “Against Melbourne City we compressed them so well and they didn’t have too many clear-cut chances – a scrappy goal like that goes in, it’s deflating but we take plenty of positives from that game.
“City have loads of quality players in their side and the way we handled it, we can be proud of that and build from that,” Clisby said.
Sunday, 4 October 2018
Hyundai A-League Round 3
Match: Central Coast Mariners vs. Adelaide United
Tickets: CLICK HERE
Venue: Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Kick-off: 5:00pm (AEDT)
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS AUSTRALIA
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