Reds sign up with silverware in sight
The Reds secured the signature of Marrone for a further two years along with foreign duo Isaias and Marcelo Carrusca last week, in a sign of stability at Coopers Stadium.
While Nigel Boogaard has confirmed he’ll leave for Newcastle Jets at the end of the season and Osama Malik is yet to sign on, it is clear coach Josep Gombau has created an enjoyable and winning culture at the club.
“It was an easy decision when Adelaide said they wanted to keep me on, so I’m happy,” Adelaide-born Marrone told FourFourTwo.
“It’s a very enjoyable team to play in. When we’ve got the ball and we’re playing well it’s excellent.
“Credit to the coaching staff and the boys they’ve got in. We’ve got some exceptional players on the ball.
“Apart from the football, they’re a great group of guys as well.”
Having 20 squad members committed for next season is a sign they are ‘buying in’ to the Gombau regime.
The Reds are widely regarded as the most attractive footballing outfit in the A-League but are also getting results on the park.
The club has already claimed the FFA Cup trophy and is firmly in the mix for further honours, sitting in third place and only two points off top spot.
It’s likely 28-year-old Marrone isn’t alone, when he says he re-signed at the club with more silverware in sight.
“You’d have to go back to my Under-15s days since my last silverware,” Marrone laughed.
“The FFA Cup was my first piece of silverware as a professional but, prior to that, I’d never really been close actually.
“We’re in a decent position at the moment this year and I think with this group we can do a lot as well.”
Adelaide are next in action against Marrone’s former club Melbourne City, known as Heart during his time there, on Friday evening at AAMI Park.
Marrone said playing back at AAMI Park was always an enjoyable experience, but added it was a game the Reds needed to win if they’re to threaten for the Premier’s Plate.
“If we want to be top at the end of the season, these are the games we need to start winning,” he said.
“We need to pick up three points in a lot of these last fixtures, because the other teams around us aren’t going to be dropping too many points either.”