Central Coast Mariners have secured the services of three young guns, with Anthony Caceres, Mitchell Duke and Storm Roux all putting pen to paper on extended deals.
Caceres’ and Roux’s new contracts will see them remain with the Mariners until the end of the 2016/17 season. Duke will continue to harass defenders until the end of the 2015/16 campaign.
The club also revealed plans to add two or three more players to their roster, with a priority placed on attracting another striker.
"Our hunt for another number nine is a global one, and we're considering options from all corners of the football world,” coach Phil Moss said.
“Certainly we are taking our time with our recruits, as we must do, to ensure the right players and people are given the opportunity to represent our club, our members and fans.”
Meanwhile Moss said retaining three of the team’s top young talents was in line with the club’s strategy of helping exciting young players develop their careers.
“We view Anthony, Mitchell and Storm as key members of our squad, and know that each has a lot of development left in their game,” Moss said.
“Each player understands they will be in an environment where they can progress personally, and help us as a club achieve continued success on the pitch.”
While rival A-League clubs have been busy in the off-season the Gosford outfit will kick off the 2014/15 season with a largely settled roster.
Moss explaining: “We had a big transfer window in January this year with five new players (Eddy Bosnar, Kim Seung-yong, Glen Trifiro, Matt Sim and Isaka Cernak) arriving at the club.
“Each of those players are on contract for next season, and I believe each will be like a new signing considering they will each undertake their first full, four month pre-season with us.
“We also have two incredibly exciting youngsters, Anthony Kalik and Liam Rose, joining us on contracts from the Australian Institute of Sport.
“Anthony and Liam will start their pre-season with our other youngsters next week, before the full squad resumes on July 14.
“On top of that, promising young defenders Michael Neill and Hayden Morton were out injured for much of last campaign, so they will also be like new recruits for us next season.”
Caceres, 21, said of his decision to remain at Gosford: “It’s a great club with great people, and I believe it’s the right place to help me achieve greater things in my football career.
“Last season was a bit of a transition season for the club, but we’ve built a new base, and I have no doubt in the ability of this team.”
Duke, 23, was equally effusive: “The Mariners have such a great family environment, so I am happy to stick around as long as I can really.
“The club has always been really good to me, I enjoy the fans, and love the boys. I feel like I have a real connection with Coast now and my main focus is giving it all I’ve got for the Mariners in training and in matches.”
Kiwi international, Roux, said his efforts were firmly fixed on bringing silverware to the Central Coast.
“My focus for the next few seasons will be winning things with the Mariners – whether it’s the Hyundai A-League or the Westfield FFA Cup,” the 21-year-old said.comments