Roux rallies fans for Hutcho hooroo

Defender Storm Roux has called on Mariners supporters to flock to Central Coast Stadium on Saturday to farewell retiring captain John Hutchinson in his final home game.

Hutchinson will hang up his boots at the end of this season after 10 years in the A-League and nine in the NSL.

The Mariners face the Western Sydney Wanderers at home this weekend before away games against Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne Victory.

Hutchinson has been with the Central Coast since the club was formed in 2005, making more than 220 appearances in the yellow and navy. The midfielder will take an assistant coaching role with the Mariners next season.

“Hopefully we get a big crowd down at the game for Hutchy,” Roux told FourFourTwo.

“He’s been an incredible servant for the club over all these years. It’s been amazing playing with him. He’s a great leader, great player and a top bloke and I’ve learned a lot from him.”

It’s been a difficult 2014-2015 campaign for the Mariners, who are coming off a 6-1 pumping at the hands of Brisbane Roar. Head coach Phil Moss was sacked last month and the club is out of the running for the finals.

“It’s been a difficult season, obviously with a lot of changes and not winning matches,” Roux admits.

“I think it’s been hard for a lot of us. With the top six out of touch now we need to finish the season off well for our fans and then focus on a good pre-season and making sure we can do better.”

Roux joined the Mariners in 2013 after making his A-League debut for Perth Glory. The 22-year old New Zealand international missed the loss to Brisbane because he was on international duty with the All Whites.

New Zealand went down 1-0 to South Korea last week after conceding a late goal. The All Whites fielded a very young team against the Koreans with six debutants.

“I think we have done well considering we have such a young team, but everyone did their part and played well,” Roux said.

“For us, it was more about the process and how we played rather than the result, as well look forward to future games and gelling as a team.”

Roux is confident New Zealand can qualify for the 2018 World Cup after missing out on the tournament in Brazil.

“I think it is very realistic judging on how we are playing recently and also now that Anthony Hudson is our coach,” the right back said.

“He’s changed the whole culture of the All Whites and how we approach games. Also having a young team that will hopefully grow together as we play more games.”