Bosnar Keen on Mariners Stay

Central defender Eddy Bosnar is relishing being back playing football in Australia and is in talks with the Central Coast Mariners on extending his stint with the club.

Bosnar joined the Mariners in February on a short-term deal which finishes at the end of May. After making his debut in the NSL with the Newcastle Breakers in 1997, the defender left Australian shores in 2000 and spent the next 14 years playing in Europe and Asia.

“I’ve really enjoyed it to be honest,” Bosnar said.

“The quality of the A-League has improved a lot. Coming back it takes a little while to adapt to the way of living, of football and training. It’s always different in every country. So it took me a little bit of time but after a month or so I’ve settled in quite well.

“I wanted to come back and play in the A-League for some time. I still feel that my body is at a good time at the moment.”

Bosnar has made eight appearances in the A-League for the Mariners, scoring one goal, and played two Asian Champions League games.

“I would like to stay in the A-League,” he said.

“I’m negotiating with the Mariners at the moment. First and foremost I’d look at staying here. I’m not looking at any other A-League clubs. I do have offers to go back to Asia but at the moment I’m not considering them at all.

“I said to Phil just before I signed the deal for both parties it was the best idea to have a short deal. If they liked what they got, if I liked what I got, if I fit in with them and the boys. And at the moment everything’s OK as far as that’s concerned.

“There’s important games coming up so we didn’t push the issue, either side. But I think it should be OK.”

Mariners head coach Phil Moss said Bosnar has been a fantastic addition to his squad.

“He was a little underdone physically when he came to us but he's worked very hard and is a consummate professional,” Moss said.

“He's added great experience & balance to the backline and along with Zac (Anderson), Marcel (Seip) and Brent (Griffiths) gives us really strong competition for places at centre back. Importantly he and his wife have moved to the Coast & immersed themselves in the local community also.

“Eddy's happy at the Mariners and we are happy with him so our CEO is currently talking to him about a contract extension." 

Bosnar has helped the Mariners secure three wins in the past four matches. The Central Coast face premiers Brisbane Roar in the final round of the season on and a win could see the Mariners finish in second place.

“It’s a big challenge for us,” the 33-year old said.

“I think we hit a speed bump against Perth. It was disappointing because we really didn’t play well as a team at all. It wasn’t us. We’ve got to make it up now against Brisbane. It won’t be easy but we’re up for it.”

Bosnar has yet to play against the Roar this season but describes them as a very well-drilled team.

“They’re a team that puts away its chances,” he said.

“They play a very good counter-attacking football when they have to, when they’re not pressing teams high up the pitch. So there’s a lot of differences in their game.

“It won’t be an easy game but we’re going for more than what they are and I think they have to be a little bit worried about maybe not getting injured or not getting a card for the semi-finals.

“I think that Broich is probably one of the best players in the league. If you stop him, where Berisha gets the ball from, the way it normally works in football if you cut down the supply, the goal scorer or the goal poacher has nothing to do has he.”