Ahead of the Central Coast Mariners opening round clash against the Newcastle Jets, Paul Okon has named a provisional 18-man-squad after Thursday’s training session. Kick-off on Saturday is 5:35pm at Central Coast Stadium.
In great news for Mariners fans, 9 of Paul Okon’s 11 new recruits are available for selection and are eligible to make their Hyundai A-League debut against our fierce rivals, the Newcastle Jets.
Unfortunately, young defender Kye Rowles has succumbed to a minor knee complaint after impressing during the pre-season and will miss round one.
Andrew Hoole will also miss the chance to debut for the Mariners against his former club due to a yellow card accumulation (suspension) which carries over from last season.
Storm Roux will also miss the Mariners’ season-opener with a lower back complaint that made him ineligible for New Zealand selection and ultimately unavailable for Hyundai A-League round one.
19-year-old Terrigal junior, Lachlan Wales has been training full time with the Mariners’ first-team and is in contention to make his first appearance at Central Coast Stadium for the Yellow Navy.
Central Coast Mariners: 1.Ben KENNEDY (gk), 3.Josh ROSE, 4.Jake McGING, 5.Antony GOLEC, 6.Tom HIARIEJ, 9.ASDRUBAL, 10.Daniel De SILVA, 11.Connor PAIN, 12.Trent Buhagiar, 13.Kwabena APPIAH, 14.Adam BERRY, 15.Alan BARO (c), 16. Liam ROSE, 17.Josh BINGHAM, 18.Tom GLOVER (gk), 19.Harry ASCROFT, 23.Wout BRAMA, 27.Lachlan WALES
Unavailable: 2.Storm ROUX (Lower back – 1 week), 7.Andrew HOOLE (suspended – 1 week), 21.Kye ROWLES (knee – 1 week)
***Two to be omitted***