Sully's Say!

If a lot can happen in 24 hours of football, then imagine what can happen in a week!

If a lot can happen in 24 hours of football, then imagine what can happen in a week!

Last Friday morning we arrived for training as normal in preparation for our clash with Brisbane. By Friday afternoon two of our regular first team players had signed with overseas clubs. Both Daniel McBreen and Trent Sainsbury have been outstanding during their time here, and we wish them all the very best in their future endeavours.

A lot has been mentioned recently of the continual disruptions to the Mariners- Championship defence. Those who know our Club understand that our unique culture has us well positioned to deal with these changes.

As has continually been mentioned by Phil Moss, this is the “Championship Club, bot not the Championship team”. Sunday-s game saw only three of the starting eleven players on the field from the Club-s Grand Final success.

But the one thing that does remain consistent is the Mariners culture. Driven from the top by ‘Mossy-, this has been the defining factor that has allowed us to remain competitive this season.

Last Sunday gave us a glimpse of what we need to improve on if we are to challenge the likes of Brisbane for the 2014 Hyundai A-League crown. One particular focus this week has been on keeping possession when under pressure.

This week we find ourselves preparing for Melbourne Victory with no less than five new faces in our squad. At the time of writing (Wednesday) Kim Seung-yong, Eddy Bosnar, Isaka Cernak, Glen Trifiro, and Matt Sim have all joined us. What a difference a week can make!

All of these players provide great quality and experience to our squad, and will definitely help us through our campaign over the next few months.

The other consistent factor throughout these times has been the huge support we have received from our fans. We hope that on Saturday you will again join us and add your support to the new players and welcome them into our team and our culture.

And did you know that following the game against Victory, supporters will be allowed to step foot on the hallowed Central Coast Stadium surface? As part of Football Federation Australia-s Play Football round, our Club will be distributing hundreds of balls to fans so they can have a kick on the pitch after the game.

We hope you enjoy the unique opportunity to play where your heroes do!

Thanks,

Sully

Central Coast Mariners vs. Melbourne Victory - Hyundai A-League 2013/14 Round 18 Saturday 8 February 2014 Central Coast Mariners Stadium, Gosford Gates Open: 4:30pm Kick Off: 5:30pm Tickets: Please CLICK HERE to purchase tickets to the match! Twitter: Join the match conversation on Twitter! The official match hashtag is #CCMvMVC! Use #SuperheroSaturday too!