New recruit, Jack Clisby has completed his first day of pre-season on the Central Coast and is determined to show Mariners’ fans what he has to offer.
The 26-year-old defender arrives from the Western Sydney Wanderers, boasting almost 100 games of Hyundai A-League experience but insists that his best form is yet to come.
After the completion of his first training session in Yellow & Navy, the Perth born defender spoke with media about his determination to become a consistent contributor on the Coast.
“With Mike Mulvey being appointed at the Mariners, he approached me and I felt like it was a good opportunity for me to get back on track and progress further with my football,” Clisby said. “I saw the opportunity and spoke with Mike and I was really intrigued and excited to come here and I’m very happy to be here.
“I still don’t think people have seen the best of me – I’m heading into my prime years now, and I really want to prove to myself and everyone else what I’m capable of.
Despite being just 26, Clisby is one of the more experienced campaigners in the squad and is looking forward to playing a leadership role amongst some of his younger teammates.
“Consistency for me is key,” Clisby said. “I think throughout my career it’s been a little bit up and down but on a personal note I want to get some consistency and I want to help drive this team because it’s a very young team and I’m actually one of the oldest at the moment.
“I feel like within this squad I’ve got a bit of leadership qualities to provide,” Clisby said.
After Mulvey’s first session of the four month long pre-season, the former Melbourne City & Perthy Glory man praised the positive culture already forming within the new-look Mariners.
“Yeah, I’ve met the boys a few times, but this is the first official session and I already know a few players,” Clisby said. “I’ve played with and against them, so I already knew a few but the ones I didn’t know all seem friendly and it looks like it’ll be a good bunch of lads to go forward this year.
“It is a really long pre-season everyone knows that, 3-4 months. Personally, I know what I have to do to maintain good fitness and I am going to work as hard as I can and leave nothing behind on the field.
“It’s a really good environment out here on the Coast and very happy to be here,” Clisby said.
Next Tuesday the Central Coast Mariners will find out who their first competitive fixture will be against – thanks to the FFA Cup Round of 32 Draw.