Eight more added to Mariners' NYL charge
Following the landmark signings of Nathan Sherlock and Brady Smith as the Central Coast Mariners’ first ever National Youth League (NYL) recruits, the yellow and navy have today added a further eight players to their inaugural NYL charge.
Following the landmark signings of Nathan Sherlock and Brady Smith as the Central Coast Mariners- first ever National Youth League (NYL) recruits, the yellow and navy have today added a further eight players to their inaugural NYL charge.
Headlining the latest contingent of talents that will spearhead the Mariners- first ever NYL tilt is Qantas Young Socceroo Glen Trifiro, who has most recently starred for the Macarthur Rams in the NSW Premier League, highly rated striker Darko Vidovic who is a relation of senior Mariners squad member Mile Jedinak, and exciting Manly United talent Scott Wright.
Joining the aforementioned three is Nick Kapsis and Matthew Lewis, who were regulars with Blacktown City in the NSW Premier League this season, along with fellow NSW Premier League starlet Sean Mitchell of the Marconi Stallions.
AIS graduates Laurence Braude and Steven Tibbetts, who were each cornerstone members of the AIS- recently completed Victorian Premier League campaign, complete the latest installment of Mariners NYL players.
"As we-ve maintained throughout the process of putting this squad together, our emphasis is on developing players that we hope and expect will progress to the Hyundai A-League and to future successes with the Mariners and these eight players are ones that we believe have what it takes to make that step," said Mariners Development Manager Alex Tobin.
"It hasn-t been an easy process and we have the capacity to add a further two players to our squad, but today-s announcement is the culmination of months and months of scouting, trialling and re-trialling before finally settling on players that we believe will best represent the Mariners and the goals that we as a club have set for the National Youth League."
Trifiro, 19, was a team-mate of senior Mariners squad member Andrew Redmayne for Australia-s Asian Under-19 Championships qualification triumph in November of last year, where Australia downed Guam, Indonesia and Vietnam to secure their berth at this years Championships in Saudi Arabia, with Trifiro netting a brace against Guam.
Previously, Trifiro was a member of the Australian Schoolboys- 2006 tour of New Zealand and the South Pacific, before being joined by new team-mates Mitchell and Sherlock for a 2007 tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Vidovic, an Australian citizen born in Bosnia & Herzegovina, is connected to Qantas Socceroo and season three Mariners Medallist Jedinak through his sister Ivona, who married Mile-s brother Matt last month.
Mitchell was a fringe member of the Marconi Stallions- recently completed NSW Premier League campaign, while NSW Premier League counterparts Kapsis and Lewis have been in electric form for Blacktown City, with Lewis in particular producing a standout showing against Sydney FC in a trial match at the Fairfax Community Stadium last month.
Braude, a lightning quick attacking midfielder, found the back of the net twice for the AIS in Victoria-s top flight competition this season alongside defensive ever present Tibbetts, the former of which has experience with Australian youth teams.
Today-s announcement of the second wave of Mariners- NYL recruits brings total number of Mariners NYL squad members to ten, with Mariners Development Manager Tobin potentially able to introduce a further two players to the Mariners- historic first ever NYL line up.
"There are some real finds amongst this group already and, beyond the results that I-m certain we-ll achieve on the pitch, the football development of these players will be accelerated considerably by the environment that they will soon be introduced to at the Mariners," said Tobin.
"Each player that we have recruited to date has the potential to become a first team player at the Mariners and to make a career as a professional footballer and I know that each of them are eager to formally begin this very exciting initiative for the development of football in Australia, as am I and everyone at the Mariners and, indeed, everyone involved in Australian football in general."
Central Coast Mariners National Youth League Squad
Date of Birth 26 May, 1989 Place of Birth Sydney Position Midfielder Height 173cm Weight 68kg Former Club AIS
Date of Birth 26 June, 1991 Place of Birth Sydney Position Defender Height 174cm Weight 68kg Former Club Blacktown City (NSW Premier League)
Date of Birth 6 June, 1990 Place of Birth Sydney Position Midfielder Height 173cm Weight 65kg Former Club Blacktown City (NSW Premier League)
Date of Birth 8 March, 1989 Place of Birth Sydney Position Midfielder Height 173cm Weight 72kg Former Club Marconi Stallions (NSW Premier League)
Date of Birth 2 February, 1990 Place of Birth Orange Position Defender Height 181cm Weight 75kg Former Club Sydney Olympic (NSW Premier League)
Date of Birth 10 August, 1989 Place of Birth Gosford Position Striker Height 180cm Weight 80kg Former Club Central Coast Lightning (NSW Super League)
Date of Birth 10 October, 1990 Place of Birth Sydney Position Defender Height 186cm Weight 77kg Former Club AIS
Date of Birth 10 July, 1989 Place of Birth Sydney Position Midfielder Height 174cm Weight 74kg Former Club Macarthur Rams (NSW Premier League)
Date of Birth 30 March, 1988 Place of Birth Zenica, Bosnia & Herzegovina Position Striker Height 189cm Weight 87kg Former Club Macarthur Rams (NSW Premier League)
Date of Birth 11 January, 1988 Place of Birth Sydney Position Defender Height 174cm Weight 63kg Former Club Manly United (NSW Premier League)
The Central Coast Mariners- first ever National Youth League campaign will commence with an opening round fixture against the Perth Glory at Bluetongue Stadium on Friday, 26 September. Kick off is at 5.15pm.
Tickets for this match are now on sale from Ticketek outlets, from the Ticketek website - www.ticketek.com.au, or via phone on 132 849.
Mariners Memberships for the Hyundai A-League 2008/09 season are now on sale at www.ccmariners.com.au.