Hyundai A-League Countdown: '18'

In our Hyundai A-League countdown series, we look at the men who make up the Central Coast Mariners squad… from player number 23, down to player number 1. Today, we focus on skipper Alex Wilkinson.

18. Alex Wilkinson

Mariners captain Alex Wilkinson has been one of the cornerstone figures of the clubs' success since day one.

Often talked about in Qantas Socceroos circles, Wilkinson has proven himself to be one of the most disciplined and reliable defenders in the Hyundai A-League over the past six years.

Holding the record for the most competitive appearances by a Mariners player, Wilkinson represented Australia prolifically at youth level. And, at just 26, the smart centre-back still has plenty of time left to add to his tremendous reputation with his beloved Central Coast Mariners, and perhaps the Qantas Socceroos.

Following the Yellow and Navy-s 2010/11 Hyundai A-League campaign, Wilkinson spent a four-month period on loan with Chinese Super League side, Jiangsu Sainty.

DOB: 13 Aug, 1984

Position: Central Defender

HAL appearances: 145

Goals: 2

Major Honours Achieved 2001 - Qantas Joeys 2002 - 2003 - Qantas Young Socceroos 2006 - Qantas Socceroos Extended Squad Member 2007/08 - Hyundai A-League Premiership

In our Hyundai A-League countdown series, we look at the men who make up the Central Coast Mariners squad… from player number 23, down to player number 1.

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