Griffiths wants Mariners stay

Central Coast defender Brent Griffiths has signaled his desire to stay with the Mariners when his contract expires at the end of the A-League season.

Griffiths has not played a first-team game for the Mariners in 2014-2015 after a succession of injuries.

The centre-back injured his hamstring before the season started and has also faced ankle and groin issues.

Griffiths has been back to full fitness for the past six weeks and spent time at the beginning of February on trial with MLS club Sporting Kansas City.

The 24-year old has had no dialogue with the Mariners on his future as of yet but wants to remain at the club, which has been his home since 2012.

“I haven’t spoken to other A-League clubs at this point as my main focus is the Mariners and finishing the season off in the best professional way I can,” Griffiths told FourFourTwo.

“This has been the frustrating season to date. With having multiple injuries, from ankle and hamstring and groin, which were all unrelated and all came after returning from the other.

“It has knocked me back mentally more than anything and tested me to come back stronger each time. Also watching the team from the stands or the side of the training pitch losing games.

“Getting frustrated in training makes it difficult because you just want to help and be a team-mate to the boys by putting an arm around them and picking them up when times get tough. You can’t do that being injured it just doesn’t have the same effect for some reason."

A junior with Blackburn Rovers and Perth Glory, Griffiths broke into the A-League in 2009 with the Glory.

He has also spent time with Wellington Phoenix and Victorian outfit Heidelberg United.

Able to play at left-back and in the centre of defence, Griffiths has made 26 appearances in the A-League and six in the Asian Champions League.

“Getting back into the team has only been my focus for the last few weeks so depending on results and the coaching staff’s plans for me for the rest of the season will determine my immediate playing future,” he said.