Walmsley wields axe in Central Coast clear-out

EXCLUSIVE: Central Coast players Zac Anderson, Isaka Cernak, Hayden Morton, Richard Vernes, Tom Slater and Dejan Pandurevic are set to be released by the club as the Mariners rebuild their roster for next season.

Anderson, Cernak, Morton and Pandurvic are all off-contract and join Matt Simon, Travis Major and Brent Griffiths to exit the club, with captain John Hutchinson already retired.

FourFourTwo understands Vernes and Slater are leaving the club by mutual agreement.

It is believed the decision not to offer the players new deals was made this week.

The Mariners endured a tough 2014-2015 campaign finishing eighth and missing the finals, with coach Phil Moss sacked in March. Tony Walmsley has since been appointed permanently as head coach.

Centre back Anderson, who has been linked to both Sydney FC and the Newcastle Jets, has made over 70 appearances for the Mariners since joining from Gold Coast United in 2012. The 24-year-old has represented Australia at both Under-20 and Under-23 level and played 22 games for the yellow and navy blue this season.

Midfielder Cernak has played for five other A-League sides since 2008 and signed with the Mariners in 2014. The 26-year-old has also played for the Young Socceroos and Olyroos, and featured in 18 games for Central Coast this season.

Defender Morton made his debut for Central Coast in 2012 but the 21-year-old has found first-team opportunities rare.

The Mariners signed 17-year old striker Dejan Pandurevic, a former Nike Academy winner, in January this year but he did not make an A-League appearance for the club.

Hungarian midfielder Vernes came to the Central Coast on loan last year but played just eight games this season, scoring one goal.

Midfielder Tom Slater, the son of former Socceroo Robbie, made one first-team appearance in the past two seasons.