Tribal Football - Football News, Soccer News, Transfers & Rumours Latest Articles for Central Coast Mariners https://www.tribalfootball.com/clubs/central-coast-mariners Sun, 22 Sep 2019 10:05:15 +1000 http://www.tribalfootball.com/images/tribal-logo-rss.png Tribal Football http://www.tribalfootball.com <![CDATA[DONE DEAL: Burnley midfielder O'Neill delighted joining Fowler's Brisbane Roar]]> <p>Burnley midfielder Aiden O'Neill has joined Robbie Fowler's Brisbane Roar on a season-long loan down under.</p><p>O'Neill, who has signed a new one-year contract at Turf Moor, with an option for a further year, joins his hometown club after spending last season on loan in Australia with the Central Coast Mariners.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/done-deal-burnley-midfielder-o-neill-delighted-joining-fowler-s-brisbane-roar-4286996?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BCentral%2BCoast%2BMariners'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Burnley midfielder Aiden O'Neill has joined Robbie Fowler's Brisbane Roar on a season-long loan down under.

O'Neill, who has signed a new one-year contract at Turf Moor, with an option for a further year, joins his hometown club after spending last season on loan in Australia with the Central Coast Mariners.

He said: Last season I got to play in front of my family which was a big part of the decision for me to come to Australia on loan.

To be back in my home city and be able to play in front of my family and friends means a lot to me.

I'm really excited to get started in Brisbane. It's a great opportunity to play under Robbie, who had such an immense career.

He called me and told me about his plans for the club and it was something I was really excited to be involved in."

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<![CDATA[Aston Villa release Ross McCormack]]> <p>Aston Villa have released Ross McCormack after a horror three years at the club.</p><p>Villa paid Fulham 12m for the Scotsman's signature in 2016.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/aston-villa-release-ross-mccormack-4283602?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BCentral%2BCoast%2BMariners'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Aston Villa have released Ross McCormack after a horror three years at the club.

Villa paid Fulham 12m for the Scotsman's signature in 2016.

He went on to make 24 appearances in four seasons, which included loan spells at four different clubs.

McCormack still had 12 months remaining on his contract and was in line for a pay increase after Villa's promotion to the Premier League.

However, the two parties have reached a mutual agreement to terminate the contract.

Villa confirmed McCormack's departure with a statement on Monday, which read: "Aston Villa can confirm Ross McCormack is to leave the club after signing a variation agreement.

"The club would like to wish Ross well for the future."

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<![CDATA[Mariners provide update on Phelan role at Man Utd]]> <p>Central Coast Mariners have provided an update on Mike Phelan's status with the club.</p><p>Phelan is under contract with the Australian A-League side as their sporting director.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/mariners-provide-update-on-phelan-role-at-man-utd-4280186?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BCentral%2BCoast%2BMariners'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Central Coast Mariners have provided an update on Mike Phelan's status with the club.

Phelan is under contract with the Australian A-League side as their sporting director.

The Australian side have all but confirmed that whether he returns to the role will depend on how things pan out for him at Manchester United.

Phelan is reportedly in line to become technical director at United, while he may also stay on as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's assistant on a permanent basis.

A Mariners spokesperson told the Manchester Evening News: "We are eager to have Mike continue on with the club but at the moment we are at the mercy of waiting to see what the future holds for Mike and United.

"We are still in constant dialogue with Mike, who has been fantastic, keeping us updated every step of the way.

He's fond of the Mariners, we're fond of Mike, so hopefully he can continue his role with the academy."

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<![CDATA[Woodward & Man Utd accountability: Why Barcelona wouldn't tolerate same]]> <p>COMMENT: Are you ready? We can do it together. Let's count them. One. Two. Three. Four...</p><p>...Five. Six. That's how many sporting directors. Technical chiefs. However you want to brand them. That's how many Barcelona have been through since Ed Woodward took charge of the football department at Manchester United almost six years ago.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/woodward-man-utd-accountability-why-barcelona-wouldn-t-tolerate-same-4278029?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BCentral%2BCoast%2BMariners'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> COMMENT: Are you ready? We can do it together. Let's count them. One. Two. Three. Four...

...Five. Six. That's how many sporting directors. Technical chiefs. However you want to brand them. That's how many Barcelona have been through since Ed Woodward took charge of the football department at Manchester United almost six years ago.

Where Woodward, having built his reputation on exploiting to the hilt United's commercial potential, was put in charge of all football matters at the biggest club in the world. Barca have run through six football men. From title winners. To ex-coaches. Legends. Icons. Andoni Zubizarreta. Robert Fernandez. Ariedo Braida. Carles Rexach. Pep Segura. Eric Abidal. They've all held the keys to Barca's hiring and firing. The protection and maintenance of the club's culture. The coaches. The players. The staff. They've all been managed by a higher up with clear football authority and credibility.

And in these six years. As Barca have run through these football chiefs. They've collected a Champions League trophy. Three LaLiga titles. And four Copa del Reys. United? Under Woodward's management? Well, nothing's comparable. The Europa League? The FA Cup? Sure. But won with managers he would sack. A project started. Then stopped. Again. And again. And again...

At Barca, the demand is to win. And to do it on their terms. If you fell short, changes would be made. It's what United used to strive for. But today..?

This week. After the degrading of Goodison. The players are copping it. And rightly so. But we've seen this movie before. Time and again. These past six years. There's been a different face in the dugout. Different names on the team sheet. But there's been one constant in all this.

It's broken record stuff. And that's what's so frustrating. This column even called it upon Ole Gunnar Solskjaer landing the job permanently. Though to be fair, we didn't see it all collapsing so soon.

The culture of a club. Of an organisation. It's set by it's leadership. The performance of those employed reflects this. That display at Everton wasn't produced in isolation. It was reflective of what is occurring upstairs.

And the most pathetic aspect of all this has been the way Solskjaer has been left to handle it all on his own. Once again, Woodward is nowhere to be seen. Matt Judge? the same.

This isn't how the giants of the game handle a crisis. Again, Barcelona for example. If it's not Ernesto Valverde, the coach, to address the media. Then it'll be former teammate Guillermo Amor, as team manager. If not him. Then vice-president Jordi Mestre will step in. Josep Maria Bartomeu will front up. As could Eric Abidal and Pep Segura. Any number of them. Ex-players. Directors. All available to take the heat away from the coach.

That just doesn't happen at United. At least not at Woodward's United. And it's bordering on cowardly.

How else could you describe it? The man who effectively signed off on this squad. Who has declined to introduce any fresh face to the front office with a football background. He has refused to justify his choices to the support. The fans don't even get a PR-controlled word from him in the matchday programme.

Instead, it's Solskjaer who's having to carry everything on his shoulders. Just as those before him. This isn't how an elite football club should be managed in 2019.

And what about that technical director? The historic hire? Well, the latest is it will be an internal appointment - as this column was warned at the beginning the season. That Mike Phelan, Solskjaer's No2, is now being actively discussed as the man to fill the breach suggests all those claims of big name, foreign candidates were the stuff of fantasy calcio.

Jose Mourinho, before his December dismissal, was serious about seeing such a role created. And he did put forward several names. Andrea Berta (Atletico Madrid) and Luis Campos (Lille) among them. But the rather convenient prospect of convincing Phelan to stick around by offering the post smacks of tokenism. The assistant coach's biggest claim to fame persuading Usain Bolt to do a preseason with Central Coast Mariners. Though the Aussie club still failed to agree terms when it came to a playing contract. Again, is such a hire worthy of a club of United's status?

It'll still be Woodward who has the ultimate say on transfer policy. It'll be he who'll decide where the team needs strengthening and what the priorities are. And all, as it has been clear over these last six years, without a skerrick of public accountability.

The players. That performance on Sunday. They're just a symptom for how this club has been run over these past six years. Beyond those we see on the Carrington training pitches today, changes need to be made.

This wouldn't be tolerated at Barcelona.

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<![CDATA[Man Utd coach Phelan open to continue CCM role]]> <p>Manchester United assistant coach Mike Phelan would like to continue his association with Central Coast Mariners.</p><p> The Englishman has continued to operate as sporting director of the A-League club since becoming part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's backroom staff in December.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/man-utd-coach-phelan-i-can-continue-ccm-role-4274150?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BCentral%2BCoast%2BMariners'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Manchester United assistant coach Mike Phelan would like to continue his association with Central Coast Mariners.

The Englishman has continued to operate as sporting director of the A-League club since becoming part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's backroom staff in December.

Speaking on the FOX Football Podcast, Phelan said: "It's just a case of how things develop over the next couple of months.

"It's a busy time for Manchester United obviously, but the season is coming to an end in Australia so I think once decisions are made back over in England then I think we'll open those discussions again with the Mariners and hopefully the partnership can continue.

"I think it's a good one; it's a nice one to be able to be associated with the Mariners, and obviously an association for the Mariners with Manchester United is always a nice thing.

"It's all down to if's and but's right now, but I certainly would like to keep my interest at the Mariners."

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<![CDATA[Solskjaer, Woodward and those delays: Why Man Utd yet to name Ole permanent manager]]> <p>COMMENT: Whoah! Whoah! Hold on there, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fans. Just cool your jets United supporters. This appointment isn't settled yet. There's a third (actually a third and fourth) party to consider before Manchester United make their caretaker manager a permanent thing...</p><p>To be fair to Ed Woodward, he's been getting it in the neck these past few weeks. As it became more and more clear that Solskjaer would be the man to lead the club next season, the delays coming from the boardroom to confirm the bleedin' obvious set the rumour mill ablaze. The vice-chairman could never be won over by the humble Norwegian, it was claimed. After Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, Woodward wanted another big name to take the club forward. Mauricio Pochettino was the priority. Not Solskjaer. And if it couldn't be the Tottenham manager, then it had to be Zinedine Zidane.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/solskjaer-woodward-and-those-delays-why-man-utd-yet-to-name-ole-permanent-manager-4271895?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BCentral%2BCoast%2BMariners'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> COMMENT: Whoah! Whoah! Hold on there, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fans. Just cool your jets United supporters. This appointment isn't settled yet. There's a third (actually a third and fourth) party to consider before Manchester United make their caretaker manager a permanent thing...

To be fair to Ed Woodward, he's been getting it in the neck these past few weeks. As it became more and more clear that Solskjaer would be the man to lead the club next season, the delays coming from the boardroom to confirm the bleedin' obvious set the rumour mill ablaze. The vice-chairman could never be won over by the humble Norwegian, it was claimed. After Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, Woodward wanted another big name to take the club forward. Mauricio Pochettino was the priority. Not Solskjaer. And if it couldn't be the Tottenham manager, then it had to be Zinedine Zidane.

And all the while, Woodward was being pilloried. This desperate need for a big name. Despite the mountain of results and goodwill achieved by the current manager. Despite the opinion of Sir Alex Ferguson, no less. The United exec was going to put marketing and merchandise over the fundamentals. Or so it was believed...

Because the very accusations being thrown at Woodward right now. Of snubbing the achievements of Solskjaer. Of disregarding everything he's done for this club in these three months. Well, you could say the same about the exec's accusers.

Why? Well, what about this third party? 'Third party?' 'What third party?' We can hear some say. Of course, we're talking about Molde. The club that Solskjaer is actually contracted to. A three-year contract no less. And signed in the same December that Molde acquiesced and allowed their manager to fulfill a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

At the time, no-one - bar a few nutters - dared believe Solskjaer could do enough to earn the job long-term. But now? Now Molde have on their hands the hottest young manager in the game.

There may've been some talk of a cast iron option - and settled fee - to make it all permanent at season's end. But everything's negotiable. Especially when it comes to this industry. Molde are in possession of real, world class asset. 1.8m to have their coach to June. Another 7.2m to make it permanent. Not bad. Particularly for an Eliteserien manager. But we're not talking about the Solskjaer of Molde. It's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of Manchester United. Of Paris. Of club and Premier League records. How much is that worth to the Norwegians?

Yes. Yes. They're not going to botch this for Solskjaer. But it'd be only right. For the club. For the fans. For Norwegian football in general. It'd only be right that Molde demand a higher compo fee than anything originally agreed with Woodward.

ystein Neerland, Molde's chief exec, hinted they wouldn't be pushovers when the time comes to get around a table and thrash things out. Upon Solskjaer's claims on Monday that he wasn't sure if he his deal with Molde was still valid, Neerland was quick to react.

"Ole Gunnar is now employed at Manchester United and is scheduled to return to Molde after the season," he insisted, before adding that there would be no need to renegotiate the agreement originally signed in December.

You do have to wonder what prompted Solskjaer to volunteer such an opinion. Was it on instruction from Woodward? Just to test the waters and see how Molde react? Well, whatever the motivation, United have their answer. Molde won't be pushed around.

And why should they? As much as there's a deal to be done. United won't be the only option for Solskjaer after what he's achieved. With Marcelino's future at Valencia forever up for debate, you can just imagine their United-mad owner Peter Lim paying what it takes to get one his heroes to the Mestalla. And then there's Luciano Spalletti, Inter Milan and their internal connections to United. Again, with Suning and China involved, financially anything is possible. Sheer hypotheticals, of course. But no longer fantasy calcio. This isn't going to be as smooth as everyone expects.

And what of that fourth party? Well, again, it's a matter of Woodward having to negotiate Solskjaer's No2, Mike Phelan, out of his commitments to Central Coast Mariners. Phelan was to be their fulltime technical director. It was he who put the Aussie club and Usain Bolt together. Now he, like Solskjaer, will want to be working at Carrington next season. It's another deal for Woodward to navigate.

Solskjaer will want to keep his staff - which also includes Mark Dempsey - together.

"We have a good relationship. It has been fantastic coaching them with Kieran, Michael, Demps, Mick, Emilio (Alvarez)," said the manager this week in Paris. "We are a great team together. I think they (the players) enjoy us."

While Emilio Alvarez, Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna are tied down, the three December arrivals will require new contracts from June. So there is some work ahead for Woodward. Not least finding common ground with Molde.

Those delays which have had the rumours running wild could all be due to that third party reminding United they're still around.

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<![CDATA[​Phelan to juggle Man Utd and Central Coast Mariners roles]]> <p>Manchester United assistant coach Mike Phelan will continue his work with the Central Coast Mariners in the Australian A-League.<br></p><p>He is the club's sporting director.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/phelan-to-juggle-man-utd-and-central-coast-mariners-roles-4261439?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BCentral%2BCoast%2BMariners'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Manchester United assistant coach Mike Phelan will continue his work with the Central Coast Mariners in the Australian A-League.

He is the club's sporting director.

But he will be joining Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in temporarily taking charge of the United team until the rest of the season.

And he has been given a blessing to take on the job by the Mariners.

"Taking on a temporary coaching role at Manchester United is extremely exciting," Phelan said in a statement.

"It's also a really positive step for the Mariners to have a direct link with Manchester United as I will continue my role as sporting director.

"I'm still a Mariner. I've put something in place that I want to see through. This might be a small distraction, but it's with one of the biggest clubs in the world that I simply couldn't turn down.

"I was offered the opportunity at the Mariners to pass on my experiences and wisdom in order to develop the football club back into the football club that it once was.

"It's an exciting project, that's my remit and we've put a structure in place with full time academy coaches that will ensure that we are prepared for success.

"Part of the discussion with Manchester United was that I will still be available for the Mariners, this is a dual role. I will take the first opportunity possible to get back to the Central Coast. I'm not going anywhere, I am one phone call away from anyone at the Mariners.

"I will be back on the Central Coast as soon as I can. There's obviously a few issues to sort through at Manchester United which will take time, but once we've worked through that I look forward to getting back to the Central Coast."

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<![CDATA[Ex-Wolves striker Keogh: Usain Bolt a farce; kick in the teeth to pros]]> <p>Former Wolves striker Andy Keogh has scoffed at Usain Bolt's football ability.</p><p>Keogh, now with Perth Glory, has blasted Usain Bolt's footballing ability, stating that the eight-time Olympic champion has a first touch 'like a trampoline'. </p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/ex-wolves-striker-keogh-usain-bolt-a-farce-kick-in-the-teeth-to-pros-4254245?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BCentral%2BCoast%2BMariners'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Former Wolves striker Andy Keogh has scoffed at Usain Bolt's football ability.

Keogh, now with Perth Glory, has blasted Usain Bolt's footballing ability, stating that the eight-time Olympic champion has a first touch 'like a trampoline'.

Bolt has been on trial with Australian club Central Coast Mariners since August.

As reported by Off The Ball, Keogh said: "It's nice to have the attention on the A League but him playing in the A League, that's not for me. He's 31. For me, he's not going to be able to make it [as a footballer].

"He's shown a bit [of potential] but it's a little bit of a kick in the teeth to the professionals that are in the league.

"It's fine from a marketing point of view but from a football perspective, it's a little bit farcical."

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<![CDATA[Exclusive: Clem Morfuni using Swindon board role to fix 'pathetic' Australian pathway]]> <p>Clem Morfuni wants to use his platform as Swindon Town non-executive vice-chairman to fix what he describes as a "pathetic" pathway for Australian kids to play professional football.</p><p>The Sydney native is the founder of Axis Group, a multi-national building services contractor that was involved in the construction of new Wembley and the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/exclusive-clem-morfuni-using-swindon-board-role-to-fix-pathetic-australian-pathway-4252836?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BCentral%2BCoast%2BMariners'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Clem Morfuni wants to use his platform as Swindon Town non-executive vice-chairman to fix what he describes as a "pathetic" pathway for Australian kids to play professional football.

The Sydney native is the founder of Axis Group, a multi-national building services contractor that was involved in the construction of new Wembley and the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

Morfuni has sponsored the League Two club since 2015 and was handed a position on the board by owner Lee Power in July last year.

Australian businesses have begun to make their mark in English football recently, with a consortium reportedly favourites to purchase League One club Charlton Athletic.

Speaking to Tribal Football, Morfuni says he plans to use his own standing at Swindon to provide new opportunities for aspiring footballers in Australia.

"We've employed a talent scout who is coming out to Australia in November," revealed Morfuni.

"So we're looking for kids and we want to develop a pathway for kids in Australia to go to English and European football and the best way to have it is to have someone in that level that can pull a proper pathway for kids because I think the pathway in Australia is pathetic.

"And now that people know that I'm Swindon vice-chairman. And there's a couple of other things that I'm trying to do that I can't really announce yet. But we're trying to get that pathway where we're generating really good kids from Australia who can go and play football."

Morfuni does not state whether the idea would evolve in the form of an academy or direct trials at Swindon, but his argument that Australia needs a different platform for their young footballers is a strong one.

The A-League, which commenced in 2005, is one of the few professional domestic leagues in world football that does not have a relegation system.

The National Premier League (NPL), competitions that are based in each Australian state, and the subsequent state leagues, essentially serve as the equivalent to the English football pyramid for Australian football, with the A-League at its apex.

Over the past two seasons, however, only seven players have been recruited from NPL competitions who were under 23, Australian and had no previous A-League experience.

Despite the league expanding to twelve franchises in 2019/2020, Morfuni argues that A-League clubs have no interest in developing youth.

"No disrespect to the A-League, I've been involved in the A-League. But there is no pathway. They just want to win their competition," Morfuni continued.

"They've got a lot of older players in that league and there is probably 10,000 Australian kids that want to play football and the A-League has 10 teams and none of these young kids have an opportunity to get in.

"Hopefully this works so there might be an opportunity for our national league to get even better.

"It's good for Australia because it gives us an opportunity and I'm over there enough to be heavily involved in it."

Morfuni's plans for young Australian footballers makes up a small fraction of his work at Swindon.

Due to his vast experience in the construction industry, Morfuni has become an instrumental figure in negotiations over a proposed purchase of the club's 122-year-old stadium, the County Ground.

Swindon hopes they can buy the 15,728 capacity stadium off the local council and split the ownership 50-50 with two supporter groups, Trust STFC and STFC Supporters Club.

The stadium purchase has long been a topic of debate in Swindon, but Morfuni believes it will pay off in the long-term as Town aims to climb the rungs of the Football League.

"The football club started in 1879 so there's a lot of passion there. We've been in the Premier League before in 1993/94. We were up there for one season but we've been hovering around League One and League Two in the Football League.

"There's absolutely a lot of passion. It doesn't matter what club you support in English football, there's always passion over there. We're in League Two at the moment and we're trying to get promotion.

"We think we should be a Championship club. There's a big enough catchment, I think if we develop the ground it will be a lot better we'll get better income outside the pitch so we can put more money inside the pitch so that's what we're trying to do.

"Lee Power and I have been talking about it making it and that's our goal. To get them in the Championship minimum."

It wouldn't be the first time Swindon find themselves in the upper echelon of British football. The town might be famous for its railway history, but many nostalgic football fans will remember their ill-fated and solitary Premier League season in 1993/94.

Player-manager Glenn Hoddle departed for Chelsea before the season and the Robins would eventually finish bottom with five wins from 42 games.

Significant investment would be needed for a top-flight return, but given the emergence of other smaller clubs in recent years, such as Bournemouth, Brighton and Huddersfield, Morfuni hasn't given up hope.

"I always say we'd love to be in the top-flight but to be in the top-flight you need a couple of hundred million quid.

"If we can get in the Championship it'll be an accomplishment especially if we can purchase the ground with the supporters groups, it will be a good feat.

"You never know, you might get one freak season where you'll get in the Premier League. You got to think eight years ago, Brighton were in our division. But it's going to take time."

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<![CDATA[DONE DEAL: Burnley midfielder Aiden O'Neill joins Central Coast Mariners]]> <p>Burnley midfielder Aiden O'Neill has left for Australia's Central Coast Mariners.</p><p>O'Neill has returned to his native Australia to join Central Coast Mariners on a season-long loan.</p><a href='https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/done-deal-burnley-midfielder-aiden-o-neill-joins-central-coast-mariners-4244338?utm_source%3Dmediafed%26utm_medium%3Drss-feed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed-Latest%2BArticles%2Bfor%2BCentral%2BCoast%2BMariners'>Read more on Tribal Football</a> Burnley midfielder Aiden O'Neill has left for Australia's Central Coast Mariners.

O'Neill has returned to his native Australia to join Central Coast Mariners on a season-long loan.

The Clarets' midfielder links up with the New South Wales-based club ahead of the start of the new A-League season in October.

O'Neill joined the Clarets from hometown club Brisbane Athletic in 2015 and signed an initial three-year professional deal at Turf Moor the following year.

The 20-year-old has since made six senior appearances for the club, including three from the bench in the Premier League in the early months of the 2016/17 season, before productive spells on loan in League One with Oldham Athletic and Fleetwood Town in 2017.

I'm coming on loan and I want to earn experience. I want to be involved and help the team push forward," said O'Neill

If that helps me when it comes to Burnley then great, but at the end of the day I am here to help the Mariners win games.

A long-term goal of mine is also to break into the Socceroos squad. Moving over to England at a young age makes you grow up very quickly.

You're in a man's world full of very good footballers and you either float or sink, so my time at Burnley so far has been fantastic."

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