Mariners part ways with Brent Griffiths

The Central Coast Mariners will part ways with versatile left footer Brent Griffiths at the end of the season.

Just on a year ago Griffiths expressed his frustration at failing to land a long-term deal with a club.

Now the Mariners have declined to extend the contract of the 25-year-old who joined them in the lead up to their Championship winning A-League campaign in 2012/13.

He is the latest player released by the struggling outfit after club stalwart, Matt Simon, was told he would need to look elsewhere.

In a brief statement from the Gosford outfit, the former Perth Glory and Wellington Phoenix man was described as a valuable member of the club for three seasons, and said he was still available for selection for the Mariners’ four remaining matches.

Interim Head Coach, Tony Walmsley said: “Coming back from injury, he has been training really well and I would love nothing more than to see Griff get some game time under his belt before the end of our season."

Griffiths, the younger brother of Perth Glory star Rostyn, had high hopes heading of kicking on this season after picking up a one-year contract extension through now-sacked coach Phil Moss.

At the time Moss heralded Griffiths potential to “take his game to another level”.

“He has all the attributes to be a very good left-sided defender and he put in some solid performances in important games for the club last season,” Moss said.

“He knows what he has to do to take his game to another level, and I believe he can do that at this club with the right guidance.”

In April last year, prior to the extension, Griffiths referred to the difficulties of settling at a club.

"It’s tough,” Griffiths told FourFourTwo at the time.

“For me I’ve been having one-year contracts for the last three, four years in the A-League.

“I’ve been in the A-League five years now and never really cemented a two or three-year contract which is tough.

“It’s a tough league, one of the hardest leagues in the world I think. There’s only 10 teams, and with visa spots as well, it’s hard.

“In terms of myself, what I want to do is I’d like to see a future at the Mariners.”

The Mariners currently sit in 8th spot on the A-League ladder - 13 points adrifts of the playoffs - and with the second worst strike rate in the league after last-placed Newcastle Jets.