Mariners to swoop on Everton's young stars

Central Coast Mariners are targeting a striker and centre back from English Premier League outfit  Everton as part of the new partnership deal between the two clubs.

FourFourTwo understands the Mariners are after two players from the Merseyside club and the new recruits could arrive earlier than originally expected.

Everton and Central Coast announced their official link in February, with Under-21 development players from the Toffees to join the A-League side on loan.

Top of the Mariners shopping list could be strikers Sam Byrne, Courtney Duffus and Calum Dyson from the English club.

Irishman Byrne is a 19-year old former Manchester United youth-teamer who joined Everton in 2014. He has played for the Republic of Ireland at Under-15 to Under-19 levels, and spent part of the 2013-2014 season on loan at Carlisle United.

Fellow 19-year-old Duffus signed for the Toffies from Cheltenham Town in 2012 while 18-year old Dyson put pen to paper on his first professional contract with the club last year.

Jonjoe Kenny

Jonjoe Kenny

Defenders Jonjoe Kenny, Brendan Galloway and Australian Gethin Jones also may be of interest to the Mariners.

Kenny is an England Under-18 international who can play at centre back, right back and in centre midfield.

Brendan Galloway

Brendan Galloway

Zimbabwe-born Galloway is a centre half who can also play in midfield. The 19-year old has already played first-team football with MK Dons and has represented England at junior international level.

Jones was born and raised in Western Australia and joined Everton at the age of 12. A right fullback or central defender, he made his senior debut for Everton by coming off the bench against FC Krasnodor in a Europa League match in December.

Despite his Australian links, the 19-year old has represented and captained  Wales at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 levels.

The Mariners are currently struggling in 8th spot on the A-League ladder and eight points off the playoffs.

Technical director Tony Walmsley has taken over the coaching reins on an interim basis following the sacking of Phil Moss.

MAIN PHOTO: Australian born Gethin Jones representing Wales.