Mariners goalkeeper Liam Reddy stood down

Goalkeeper Liam Reddy’s future at Central Coast Mariners looks bleak after he was stood down for a “series of off-field” issues.

Mariners threw the outspoken custodian a lifeline when he was axed by Sydney FC for being drunk on a flight to New Zealand in 2012.

But on Wednesday the Gosford outfit gave every indication they had had enough, telling fans and members the 34-year-old was not available for selection to play Melbourne City on Sunday.

Professional Footballers Australia has since threatened legal action if the goalkeeper is bullied out of the club.

PFA warns Mariners to stop bullying Reddy

In a statement the club said the keeper had been stood down indefinitely while they address “a series of off-field issues, in accordance with the FFA National Code of Conduct.

“This decision follows Reddy’s non-selection during a period of the Mariners’ Hyundai A-League pre-season where similar and continual disciplinary issues were also addressed.

“The Central Coast Mariners will make no further comment while the club undertakes a formal process in relation to the matter.”

Reddy did himself no favours on the weekend publicly criticising the tactics of Mariners coach Tony Walmsley.

The gloveman told News Ltd: "I rub people up the wrong way sometimes but if you ask me a question I'll tell you how it is - if you don't like it, I don't give a f ..."

He added: "The boys are under instructions this year from the coaching staff to attack so we know we're going to be left vulnerable and man-for-man at the back sometime.

“That's the way the coaching staff want it, so we've all had to adapt, myself and the back four.”

In the lead-up to the 2013/14 A-League campaign Reddy told "I know this is my last chance".

“Things that happened at Sydney, I'm not proud of, but they happened," he said. 

"I've been told, and I know this myself, this is my chance.

“I’m very grateful the Mariners have given me the opportunity to play at the highest level again."

Mariners back-up goalkeeper Paul Izzo, 20, will now get his chance between the sticks.

The former Adelaide United shot-stopper debuted for the Mariners back in August when he miscontrolled a back pass, gifting Wellington Phoenix a 1-0 win in the FFA Cup Round of 32.