At just 25-years-of-age, Storm Roux is set to make his 100th Hyundai A-League appearance in Adelaide where the Mariners take on The Reds this Saturday night.
With one appearance for Perth Glory before arriving at the Mariners and 98 in Yellow & Navy, Roux has been an outstanding performer on the Central Coast for almost five seasons now and is proud to notch such an impressive milestone.
Roux's first start for the Central Coast Mariners was in round one of the Hyundai A-League 2013/14 season against the Western Sydney Wanderers after being signed by Graham Arnold from Perth Glory.
“I’m very proud,” Roux said. “It’s a really big achievement to reach 100 games in the A-League, so I am excited to hopefully play my 100th this weekend.
“My first start for the Mariners probably stands as my career highlight,” Roux said. “Coming into a very good team in that first season after they’d won the Championship and making my first A-League start was a really proud achievement,” Roux said.
During his time at the Mariners, Roux has grown quickly into a young leader over the past two seasons and credits two Mariners’ legends for their mentorship on the Coast.
“Players like Nick Montgomery who have been here from the start when I arrived have always been great to me,” Roux said. “‘Monty’ is still involved with the club, he’s a big mentor to me. There are lots of players in the past that I’ve looked up to, John Hutchinson as a captain was another one – he was at the Mariners for so long and has helped me a lot with my career.
“I’m 25 now, I’ve grown up at the Mariners in my young career and I look up to players like that and take their lead. Over the past two seasons we’ve had a very young team and a lot of the young players have had to step up.
“I was very honoured to wear the captain’s armband a couple of times last season – it’s a special feeling when you’ve been at the club for this long. This club has really helped me grow as a player and as a person so I am very honoured to have done that,” Roux said.
After a one week hiatus, the Mariners return to action this Saturday night against Adelaide United away from home. Roux can’t wait to get back on the pitch and claim three points.
“We’re very keen,” Roux said. “The boys have freshened up a bit, we’re looking good at training and are fired up, ready to go.
“We know Adelaide are a very physical team – they are very fit and we are ready for it. We have a game plan in place and like I said, it helps that we’re fresh.
“We know we need wins desperately. All the boys, we’ve had a chat and we know those wins need to come now.
“We’re drawing and losing games that we should be winning – we’re always giving ourselves chances to win the games. They’ve been tight, but we just need to keep that defence nice and tight and hopefully pick up a good run of wins," Roux said.
Saturday, 17 February 2018
Hyundai A-League Round 20
Match: Adelaide United vs. Central Coast Mariners
Venue: Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
Kick-off: 7:50pm (AEDT)
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS AUSTRALIA 501 & One
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