Mariners captain still has plenty in the tank

Central Coast captain Nick Montgomery has flown to the United Kingdom to obtain his UEFA A Licence coaching badge and recently started a new business but insists he's got no retirement plans yet.

Montgomery, who turns 35 in October, won the Mariners’ Official Supporters’ Group Player of the Year award this season in a tough campaign for the club.

The Scottish veteran has recently set up a business selling and distributing the Open Goaaal football net for children learning the game in Australia and New Zealand.

He also flew to the United Kingdom last week to gain his A Licence coaching badge, having obtained his B Licence last year.

Despite that, Montgomery, who has one more season remaining on his Central Coast contract, believes he’s got a few more years of football left.

“I’ve always wanted to get my badges done before I finish playing,” Montgomery told FourFourTwo. 

“Hopefully there are a few more years left playing. I’m settled here on the coast and not looking to move. 

“I thought I had a good season personally. I picked up quite a few awards which was nice, even in a difficult season it’s nice to get recognized for your hard work. 

“I want to concentrate on next season, forget about the season gone and look to be competitive next year and be up there challenging for a minimum top six spot.”

Montgomery was enthused the club had added some experience in defence in the form of ex-Sydney FC duo Mickael Tavares and Jacques Faty.

He said it was no secret they had an imbalance of youth and experience last season with spending cut and wanted the Mariners to become “hard to beat”.

“We weren’t competitive enough this season,” he said.

“We played some great stuff in some games, but the way the A-League is, with no relegation or stress for losing games, we played an all-out attack at times which sounded good, but the reality was we were throwing bodies forward against good teams who soaked it up and caught us on the counter attack. 

“We have to look at that and become hard to beat.”

It was quite the fall for Montgomery who had enjoyed plenty of success in Gosford since his move from Sheffield United, including winning the A-League championship in 2012-13.

“I’ve had some great times here in the first few seasons I was here,” he said. 

“Being one of the smallest clubs in the A-League, we sold a lot of our good young player and we’ve had people retire like Hutch (John Hutchinson), Patrick (Zwaanswijk) and Mile Sterjovski. 

“People forget the transition that the club has gone through in terms of players. The Mariners have always played a lot of youth.”

He added that he was excited about new business venture, with ex-Socceroo Brett Emerton already enquiring about purchasing one for his kids.

“It’s an amazing product in the backyard which provides a real tool for kids to practice on their own,” Montgomery said.

“Unless you’re in the main cities, kids struggle to get the qualified coaching they need so the only way they’ll improve is the way I did, along with many players who’ve had good careers, and that’s practice at home on your own.”

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