Mariners lock in McGing

Young defender Jake McGing has signed a two-year contract extension with the Central Coast Mariners.

A graduate of the Mariners youth team, the 21-year-old signed his first professional contract with the Gosford outfit in February.

The new deal will see him joining fellow central defender and ex-VVV Venlo player Harry Ascroft, 20, at the Mariners until the end of 2017/18.

McGing was asleep on the homebound bus from a pre-season trip to Coffs Harbour when he was asked to join head coach Tony Walmsley at the front of the bus.

“I’m thrilled, when Tony told me I was so pleased and it’s just an unbelievable feeling,” McGing said. 

“When he called me down the front of the bus, I thought he just wanted to chat to me about the game but to hear what he said was certainly not expected.

“I didn’t think I would like it as much as I do [playing centre back] but I get a lot more time on the ball and I’ve really enjoyed that.

“The overall culture here is fantastic, there are no cliques in the team and it’s just like a big family so we get along really well.

Originally a midfielder, McGing found his feet at Westfield Sports High School and went on to captain the Western Sydney Wanderers youth team during the 2013/14 Season.

He linked up with the Mariners the following season and is now a realistic chance to feature prominently in Walmsley’s 2015/16 plans.

“Jake’s a talented young player, I tried to sign him a number of years ago in the youth team but at the time as a Western Sydney boy he went there as an NYL player,” Walmsley said.  

“He’s always had talent but it wasn’t always as a central defender. We think that centre back is his best chance of being successful and in terms of what he’s delivered so far, the contract extension justifies our belief that he’s got a really big future.

“The length of the tenure that we’ve offered him is to give him every chance to become a mainstay in the Mariners’ backline. 

“He fits our better people, better players mantra, he ticks all the boxes on and off the pitch, he’s a quick learner, he wants to improve every time he turns up for training and we can’t ask for much more than that.

“If you look at McGing and Harry Ascroft as two young central defenders who are starting on this journey together they’ve both got three year deals now,” he said.

McGing is part of a Mariners defensive unit featuring the likes of Josh Rose, Eddy Bosnar, Harry Ascroft, Jacob Poscoliero, Storm Roux and Michael Neill who will all be gunning for a starting sport when the season kicks off for the Mariners on October 10. 

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