Mariners sign 'Tricky' Trifiro for two more years

Midfielder Glen Trifiro has signed a two-year contract extension with Central Coast Mariners which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2016/17 A-League season.

Trifiro arrived at the Gosford outfit in February and impressed the Mariners coach Phil Moss with his versatility.

The 25-year-old is among the first players to recommit to the club this season after a tough start to the campaign and with an AFC Champions League qualification match looming.

“I have made it clear that over the next three years we are building a new team, and there’s no doubting that Glen is a big part of our plans,” Moss said.

“He’s a wonderful professional, and the way he comes in and goes about his work with great application daily is to be commended.”

Trifiro – known to his teammates as ‘Tricky’ – has played the majority of his football for the club this campaign as a No.10.

However Moss believes the former Sydney United 58 schemer has plenty of strings to his bow, and can be deployed elsewhere in his side’s engine room if and when required.

“He offers us a lot of flexibility in midfield, “Moss added. “He’s a very effective player, he’s technically very good and he’s shown how deadly he can be from set-piece situations.”

“We have a lot competition in the squad for the three midfield spots that he can play, so what’s impressive for me is that whether Tricky starts or comes off the bench he adds value to the game, he influences the game.

“He’s also one of the guys in the squad that’s at an in-between age – he’s not a young boy, but he’s not a senior player. For me that’s a positive because he acts as a link, if you like, between the youngsters coming through and our more established players.”

“Glen’s ticked every box that I’ve put in front of him since he’s come in, and I’m delighted he has committed to the football club for another two years,” Moss concluded.

Trifiro said he now has the responsibility to repay the faith that the Mariners boss has shown in him.

“When Mossy spoke with me initially about an extension I was very happy,” Trifiro said. “I only joined the club earlier this year, so to be given an extension quite soon, I was thrilled.

“As soon as it sunk in I began setting new goals. I feel my best football is in front of me, and my aim is to establish myself as a first 11 player and have an effect on games.”

“I am confident I can perform at this level and I am excited to be representing the Mariners for the next two seasons.”

Trifiro said he has settled well into life on the Coast.

“My partner and I enjoy living on the Central Coast, because we enjoy being outdoors and obviously the Coast is a very beautiful place. (The Mariners) are a very family orientated club, and that’s important to us.”