Promising youth defender Lewis Miller has been rewarded for strong pre-season and FFA Cup showings with a Central Coast Mariners scholarship contract.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s round one loss against the Western Sydney Wanderers, the 18-year old said it was an exciting step forward for his football career.
“I’m honoured to represent a club with such history, and I hope I can contribute during this season and help the club to continue forward and upwards.
“Having been here for a couple of years, it is great to be rewarded like this, and it has been tough working to match the pace and intensity of training with the first grade squad.”
“But staying in this environment, and being around the leaders and elite defenders we have has helped me to improve my game and work towards this opportunity.”
Miller played 93 minutes in the FFA Cup Round of 16 clash that the Mariners won on penalties, and Mariners Head Coach Alen Stajcic praised the worth ethic and commitment that has seen him now rewarded with the Scholarship.
“Lewis is a great kid, and this is just reward for the hard work he has put in both on the training ground and the pitch,” Stajcic said.
“It’s important that we reward our talented young players, so this is a good stepping stone for him and Mariners fans can know that he is certainly a player to keep an eye out for moving forward.”
The Mariners have their full focus on Saturday, with a blockbuster matchup locked in against the Newcastle Jets at Central Coast Stadium in the first #F3Derby of the season.