A-League 2009/10 preview – Central Coast Mariners

The Central Coast Mariners have been in work for longer than most other A-League squads following their first foray into the Asian Champions League.

The Central Coast Mariners have been in work for longer than most other A-League squads following their first foray into the Asian Champions League.

Lawrie McKinna’s men failed to make it past the group stage of Asia’s premier club competition but took away with them a valuable experience which rolled that into their pre-season performances where they won six of seven matches.

The Mariners have not had to say goodbye to many big names in the off-season as Mile Jedinak departed to Turkey during last season and Sasho Petrovski joined the Newcastle Jets prior to the ACL campaign.

They do however, welcome former Scotland U21 Chris Doig from Northampton Town along with English midfielder Shane Huke, Nick Travis from Sheffield United and former Wellington Phoenix striker Adam Kwasnik into the squad that played off in the finals last term and scored the third most goals in the competition.

A repeat performance is achievable but with two new teams to contend with, McKinna’s charges will need to be on their game, especially away from Bluetongue Stadium.

Arrivals: Chris Doig (Northampton Town, England), Shane Huke (Dagenham & Redbridge, England), Adam Kwasnik (Wellington Phoenix), Matthew Lewis (National Youth League), Nick Travis (Sheffield United, England)

Departures: Andre Gumprecht (Bonnyrigg White Eagles), Mile Jedinak (Genclerbirligi, Turkey), Matthew Osman (Gold Coast United), Sasho Petrovski (Newcastle Jets), Paul O’Grady (released), Greg Owens (Bankstown City Lions), Nick Rizzo (Sydney Tigers)

Biggest signing: Chris Doig

Biggest loss: Mile Jedinak

Key men: Matt Simon (striker), Alex Wilkinson (captain/defender), Danny Vukovic (goalkeeper)

Team list:
Goalkeepers - Danny Vukovic, Andrew Redmayne

Defenders - Pedj Bojic, David D’Apuzzo, Dean Heffernan, Andrew Clark, Nigel Boogaard, Chris Doig, Alex Wilkinson

Midfielders - Shane Huke, Bradley Porter, John Hutchinson, Adrian Caceres, Ahmad Elrich

Forwards - Nik Mrdja, Dylan Macallister, Matt Simon, Nick Travis, Adam Kwasnik

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