City youngster's extra finals incentive

Melbourne City youngster Marc Marino will return to his hometown on Friday determined to knock Adelaide United out of the A-League finals.

Marino, who hails from the South Australian capital and trained with the Reds back in 2013 but was not offered a contract, is line for a bench spot for City for Friday’s final.

The striker is confident that his club can do the business against Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium.

“The boys are all up for it,” Marino told FourFourTwo.

“We had a good win against Perth, hopefully we can just continue on from what we did and hopefully we can get the result. We have done twice in Adelaide already this year so the boys are full of confidence.

“It’s been quite a light week as the turnaround from Sunday to Friday isn’t long. It’s been more tactical. The boys are ready, we’re just getting our bodies prepared.”

Adelaide defeated Melbourne City 2-0 two weeks ago in a fiery encounter but City has beaten the Reds twice on their own turf this season. Marino believes past results won’t matter in the finals.

“I don’t think we can look too much into the past results, we just have to look forward to this game,” he said.

“Every game’s different. We’ve just got to have a positive mindset going into this game.”

A product of the Football Federation South Australia National Training Centre and the AIS, Marino joined Melbourne City in 2014.

The 19-year old scored on his A-League debut, in a victory against Perth, and has made three appearances this season.

The forward missed five months at the start of the campaign with a knee injury.

“I’ve been injured for most of the season so it was a long time coming for my first game,” he said.

“I tore my medial ligament and it was quite a bad case of it. But when I finally got the chance I was happy to take the opportunity and scored my first goal and I just continued from there. Hopefully now we can go and win the title.”

The Young Socceroo has loved learning from Uruguayan marksman Bruno Fornaroli this season.

“It’s been unbelievable training with Bruno every day, even Harry and Mooysy every day, seeing what they can do and really learning off them,” he said.

“All three of them are special players. Bruno, especially being in my position, it’s good to see how he holds up the ball and just smart and not just his goals but he works hard. I’m just happy learning off him every day.”

Marino is off-contract at the end of the 2015/2016 campaign but said he is not concerned with his future at this point.

“Right now I’ve just focusing on the finals, trying to get as many games I can before coming off contract,” he said

“So I haven’t really been focusing too much on that, I just want get as many games as I can now and I’m sure the performances on the field will do the talking at the end of the season. We’ll see what happens.”

A spokesman from Marino’s agents Aspire Management said the forward is attracting interest from other A-League sides and overseas clubs.

“We are in discussions with interested clubs in Australia and Europe,” Greg Keenan said.

“It’s important that Marc’s next step gives him the opportunity to lay regularly as we’ve all seen what he can do when given his chance.”

Melbourne City have never reached an A-League grand final and Marino believes it would be massive for the club in its sixth year.

“We’ve only been around for six years or so, winning in the sixth year would be something pretty amazing,” he said.

“Last year we came pretty close and everyone’s even hungrier now to go that step further and win the whole thing. Everyone’s excited at what could be.”