Central Coast Mariners midfielder Josh Nisbet has been awarded the PFA Player of the Month award for January 2024.
The 24-year-old is the first Mariners player to win the award in almost three years, the last being Oli Bozanic in February 2021, who followed Alou Kuol who won it the month prior.
Nisbet, an ever present in both the Isuzu UTE A-League and AFC Cup under Mark Jackson, is one of only three outfield players to have played every minute so far in the Isuzu UTE A-League.
His reliability and consistency has been key to the team and he has ramped up his contribution even more in recent weeks, helping him to this award, voted by his peers.
The 24-year-old has displayed his ability to operate higher up the field in a number 10 role, taking on more attacking and creative responsibility in the team, and he has not failed to deliver.
Nisbet is the joint-leader of the Isuzu UTE A-League assists chart in 2023/24 with six, all coming since December, an incredible run of personal form that coincides with the Mariners’ exceptional streak of 14 games unbeaten in all competitions.
Another assist for Nizzy on the weekend, making it 6️⃣ in his last 7️⃣ matches! 🤯— Central Coast Mariners (@CCMariners) January 30, 2024
That now moves our number four up to equal top on the assist charts for the Isuzu UTE A-League this season! 🔝
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In January, Nisbet played every minute as the Mariners won three and drew one of their Isuzu UTE A-League fixtures, completing a second consecutive unbeaten calendar month.
Nisbet provided an assist away to Western Sydney Wanderers as we kicked 2024 off with a 1-0 win at Commbank Stadium on January 6th, he then played the full 90 minutes at Unite Round against Melbourne Victory, but on this occasion it was midfield partner Max Balard who provided a fantastic assist for Jing Reec to level the game late on.
Nizzy was back on the providing front as he teed-up Christian Theoharous’ first A-League goal for the club against Melbourne City, as we went on to win 2-1 in a huge clash at Our Paradise.
The team rounded off the month with a 2-0 win at home to Brisbane Roar on January 27th. Nisbet assisted our second goal late on, winning possession and finding Angel Torres who ran from his own half before smashing home, possibly the easiest assist Nisbet will ever get.
Make that 𝐄𝐈𝐆𝐇𝐓 Isuzu UTE A-League goals so far this season for Angel Torres! 💥— Central Coast Mariners (@CCMariners) January 28, 2024
The Colombian sealing the three points last night with this spectacular solo effort! 👏#CCMFC #BeOurMate pic.twitter.com/UxqYXNMmm3
🗣 Nisbet: I’m honoured to get this award.
‘I’m honoured to get this award. it’s voted by peers and opposition so it’s great that they think I’m doing really well this season.” Josh said.
Humble as ever, Nisbet was quick to credit the team around him for helping him to this award, and thinks the current run stems from the growing belief in the squad:
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the team and the club, we are doing so well at the moment and I wouldn’t be able to do it without them.
“I think it started with the Jets game and since then we have grown in confidence, we’re doing really well and kicking on. It’s not just me, we have so many boys playing well so [this award] is a credit to everyone,” he said.
You can watch Nisbet and the team in action this Saturday (7:45pm) as the Mariners welcome Sydney FC in the Isuzu UTE A-League, as part of a huge double header at Industree Group Stadium, with our Liberty A-League team in action against Melbourne Victory at 5pm. Don’t miss out on 2-for-1 tickets – get yours now via the link below.
2️⃣ games instead of 1️⃣! 🤩— Central Coast Mariners (@CCMariners) February 7, 2024
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Join us this Saturday for a massive double header against Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC! 🌴
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