Central Coast Mariners have released a statement stating that they will not be re-signing Argentine playmaker Marcos Flores for the 2014-15 A-League season.
Flores signed for the Mariners from MelbourneVictory in the off-season but suffered a season ending ACL injury early in 2014 after making 12 appearances for the club and scoring three goals.
“Marcos is an extremely popular member of our dressing room and is a favourite with the fans and everyone involved with the club,” Central Coast Mariners coach Phil Moss said.
“However when Marcos sustained his injury we needed to bring in quality reinforcements in his area of the pitch, and we now have a number of players in our squad who can play in the attacking midfield role.”
“We have Kim Seung-yong, Glen Trifiro and Anthony Caceres, plus Anthony Kalik who has been at the Australian Institute of Sport will be eligible for action in that position with us next season.”
“So I need to balance the squad by signing and or retaining players in other positions, and unfortunately with a squad size of 23 and a salary cap I have had to make the difficult decision not to re-sign Marcos beyond this season.”
“Hopefully our early and transparent decision will provide Marcos with the best possible opportunity to negotiate with other interested clubs so he can settle his long-term playing future,” he said.
The Mariners also confirmed Flores will continue his rehabilitation and training with the club until his contract concludes at the end of May.1 comment