Griffiths knocked back Asia for Mariners

Centre-back Brent Griffiths knocked back offers from two Asian leagues to extend his stay with the Central Coast Mariners for another season.

Griffiths, who made his A-League debut for Perth Glory in 2010, signed a one-year extension with the Mariners.

The Gosford outfit holds a special place in the heart of the Griffiths family.

Older brother Rostyn, who now plays for Glory, also enjoyed a successful stint at Central Coast Stadium.

“I had decent offers in Iran and Malaysia but felt it wasn’t the right move for me at this time,” Griffiths said.

“The Coast has been a special place for myself and my brother so to re-sign here for the coming season is something that I felt was the right option.

“I want to push for the league and remain in the Asian Champions League, but for myself I want to make a position in the team mine.”

The 24-year old former Blackburn Rovers junior, joined the club from Wellington Phoenix in 2012 and has made 17 appearances for the Mariners (26 in the A-league overall).

And he believes the season-long extension is enough time to underline his value.

“I just feel that I can play at this level and want to show myself,” he said.

“Football is a tough industry where everyone has to look after themselves and work well together to achieve greatness.

“Sometimes one-year deals bring out the best in players while both the club and player can assess the future whether that’s together, or at another club.”

The Mariners open their 2014-2015 campaign against the Newcastle Jets on October 11 and Griffiths says the club is poised for a good season.

“It’s day one of pre-season but I feel we have the depth and ability in the squad and coaching staff to produce what we did last year and to take it to the next level this season.”