21-year-old Central Coast Mariners’ defender Jake McGing spent a week on the sidelines after picking up a red card in the #F3Derby but this Sunday he is back for our clash against his former club, the Western Sydney Wanderers at Central Coast Stadium.
After a late challenge on Newcastle Jets’ midfielder Leonardo, McGing was shown red in the first half of our 1-1 draw with the Novocastrians at Hunter Stadium.
But this weekend it will be onwards and upwards for the rock solid centre half who will continue to push on the training track to re-gain his position in Tony Walmsley’s starting XI.
McGing admitted it was hard to watch his team on Thursday night against Melbourne Victory and can’t wait to throw himself back into the action when the Wanderers come to town on Sunday.
Mariners’ skipper, Nick Montgomery provided a stopgap solution at centre back as well as Harry Ascroft, Jacob Poscoliero, Mickey Neill and Josh Rose who are all capable of playing as a centre half. This weekend looks to be too early for the Yellow & Navy’s newest recruit Tomislav Uskok to make his debut.
McGing spoke with local media after today’s training session about his willingness to push back into the squad in time to take on the Wanderers in front of a bumper crowd.
“Look, it was tough to watch the game [Melbourne Victory] but it’s going to be good to get back on the field and hopefully I can do enough to get back into the team,” McGing said.
“There’s always going to be competition, that’s part of football so I’ve just gotta keep working hard this week and hopefully it all works out for me.
“It was a miss-timed tackle but I just have to focus on now and leave it in the past and push forward to this weekend.
“It’s always good to get one up on your old team but I’m not going to focus on that too much, just play my game and the result will take care of itself.
“We’re just going to stick to our game, a few of the older boys that are there were there when I was but it’s pretty much a new team [Wanderers].”
Members & fans are encouraged to get along to Central Coast Stadium early to see the Westfield W-League curtain raiser where the Western Sydney Wanderers will take on Canberra United. Kick-off off 2:00pm.
Sunday November 29 2015
Match: Central Coast Mariners vs. Western Sydney Wanderers
Venue: Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Gates open: 1:45pm
Kick-off: 5:00pm (AEDT)
Tickets: CLICK HERE
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 505
Radio Broadcast: 96.3 Coast FM
Twitter: Join the match conversation using #CCMvWSW & #CCMFC