Nash returns to Central Coast Mariners

Matthew Nash has made a surprise return to the Central Coast Mariners to strengthen their goalkeeping stocks ahead of the new season.

Nash signed a two-year pre-contract agreement with his former club.

The A-League journeyman was at Gosford under former coach Lawrie McKinna in 2008-2009, and will re-join the Mariners in September after winding up with NPL club Bonnyrigg White Eagles.

“I am very, very excited to be back with the Mariners,” Nash said.

“From the first day I walked in here, everyone has made me feel welcome and it’s really just a great bunch of guys. The whole setup here is very professional and I couldn’t be happier.”

The move reunites the 33-year-old custodian with goalkeeping mentor and analyst, John Crawley, who coached Nash since he was 15.

“Matt is a great communicator, reads the game well, is great in one-on-one situations, and has a good distribution game, so he ticks a lot of the boxes that we look for in our goalkeepers,” Crawley said.

“With Matt’s addition we will benefit in a number of ways. Firstly, alongside Liam Reddy he offers us another great option between the sticks, and secondly, we will be utilising his knowledge and expertise with our National Youth League squad goalkeepers in helping them progress through the ranks.

“We really are blessed to have someone like him coming into the club.”

Nash has played with four A-League outfits in the past, starting life in the Aussie topflight with Central Coast before a brief loan period with Adelaide United (2008).

He linked up with Newcastle Jets from 2010 to 2012 and then Sydney FC in 2012. He has also represented several clubs in NSW State Leagues.