After missing round one through suspension, Mariners’ attacker Andrew Hoole is eligible to make his Mariners debut in the Hyundai A-League this Saturday against the Western Sydney Wanderers.
The Mariners face a tough away trip to Spotless Stadium in their second match of the campaign and could be bolstered by the return of Roux from injury in addition to Hoole.
After Thursday’s training session, Hoole spoke with media about competition for places in the squad and the team’s preparation leading into the clash against Western Sydney.
“We’re all looking forward to the game against Western Sydney,” Hoole said. “Obviously I missed round one against the Jets, it wasn’t the result we were hoping for but we will be looking to rectify that on Saturday.
“It was frustrating watching from the stands but we go into Saturday very confident. It’s only one loss so we are ready to bounce back.
“If you can have two or three good players for each position it’s great for the squad and we’ve got that here, so whatever 11 the coaches pick for the day, I’m sure they will do the job.
“We’ve trained well all week, still two days until the game so we have prepared well,” Hoole said.
Storm Roux is also available for selection, a player who Hoole rates highly.
“Storm Roux has been around the league for quite some time now so to have him available for selection is a good boost for the squad,” Hoole said. “In round one the Wanderers had a good result against Perth, we’ve analysed what they do well and where we can exploit them.
“The Wanderers are always strong and hard to beat, they’ve recruited well this season so we know it will be a tough game,” Hoole said.
The 23-year-old attacker has fond memories from Spotless Stadium having snatched the headlines in his side’s battle against the Wanderers last season almost one year ago to the day. Down 2-1 in the 88th minute, Hoole stood up to bury a free kick and save the day.
“The last time I went there we were 2-0 down and pulled it back to 2-2 and I was lucky enough to score the free-kick in the last couple of minutes,” Hoole said. “I have good memories there so if I’m called upon, hopefully I can add to the scoresheet.
“The team has gelled really well during the pre-season, the coaching staff have us playing a good style of football and that will only improve throughout the season,” Hoole said.
Saturday, 14 October 2017
Hyundai A-League Round 2
Match: Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Central Coast Mariners
Venue: Spotless Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS AUSTRALIA 501
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