Mariners’ duo to sharpen their skills at Blades Academy

The Central Coast Mariners strong relationship with English Championship side Sheffield United has reaped more rewards, with young Mariners pair Trent Sainsbury and Marc Warren the beneficiaries.

The Central Coast Mariners strong relationship with English Championship side Sheffield United has reaped more rewards, with young Mariners pair Trent Sainsbury and Marc Warren the beneficiaries.

The two 18-year-olds have been selected to spend two weeks at Sheffield United-s Academy to experience first hand the life of a Professional Footballer in one of the world-s top leagues.

"It will be a great experience to see how a club like that is run, what training is like and hopefully I can come back a better player," said Warren.

The opportunity follows a visit to Australia last month by Sheffield United Scout, Noel Blackwell, brother of Blades Manager Kevin, to cast his eye over the talent on show within the Mariners squad, and to get a feel for the way the club is run, both on and off the field.

The players will spend their time in the North of England staying with a family and getting involved with Sheffield United-s Academy and Reserve teams in training, with the possibility of featuring in Pre-Season trial matches.

"It-s a good opportunity for us to develop as players and I-m excited about seeing how things are done over there and seeing what things I can pick up," said Warren.

Sheffield United is involved in a global partnership with several clubs including the Mariners, Chinese Super League club Chengdu Blades and Hungarian side Ferencvaros.