Everton youth the answer to Mariners' cap woe - Walmsley

Newly appointed Central Coast Mariners coach Tony Walmsley says the club needs to be astute in their recruitment this off-season and will look to utilise their link with Everton.

The Mariners confirmed on Tuesday morning that Walmsley had officially earned the job on a full-time basis after working in the role as caretaker following Phil Moss’s sacking in early March.

Walmsley, who will also remain in his technical director role, will have a major say in recruitment, after a poor 18 months for the club which saw the likes of imports Kim Seung-Yong and Malick Mane come and go.

Matt Simon and Brent Griffiths will be released at season’s end, while skipper John Hutchinson will retire, but Walmsley conceded there was little salary cap space to move.

With that in mind, Walmsley said Central Coast would turn to their link with English Premier League club Everton, established in February with a view to loaning under-21 development players to the club to earn first-team football in the summer months.

“Where we’ll get the most benefit out of Everton is in recruitment,” Walmsley said.

“Their shadow squad, their reserves and under-21 squads will have some outstanding talent which could be very handy going forward in the squad for next season.”

The futures of Moss signings Eddy Bosnar and Travis Major remain unclear, while on-loan Hungarian import Richard Vernes hasn’t worked out but is contracted until 2016.

Walmsley said he would be astute in recruitment, with a specific type of player in mind given their focus on entertaining.

“We have a very limited amount to spend in the salary cap, so the squad that we have is well set with a high number of contracted players for next season,” Walmsley said.

“We need to be really astute in the transfer market to make sure the players fit the brief, that they can add to that entertaining style.

“We’re looking for goal scorers and creative players.

“They have to have legs as well, they have to be able to be a true Mariner and have great work ethic, humility and be community focused.”

Nick Montgomery, who is contracted with the Mariners until 2017, is expected to be named as Hutchinson's replacement as the club's new captain.