Mariners around the World: February Update

As the saying goes, once a Mariner, always a Mariner. It is time to check in again and see how some of our most successful alumni went during the month of February across top leagues all around the world. 

Mathew Ryan

After joining AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch winter transfer window, Mat Ryan has become the number one keeper for the side. The former Mariner played four matches over February in the Eredivisie, losing just once.

AZ Alkmaar currently sits in third place on the ladder, five points behind league leaders Feyenoord, who they lost 2-1 to a fortnight ago.

Their most recent game was a tight 2-1 victory at home against Cambuur, with the gloveman keeping one clean sheet for the month.

Ryan and his side next face off against Vitesse on Saturday morning, with a win needed to continue to put the pressure on both Feyenoord and Ajax. 

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Kye Rowles

The man at the heart of our defence last season has certainly found a home in Edinburgh, playing a massive role in Hearts successful campaign to date. 

Over February Rowles played two games in the SPFL, a 3-0 defeat to Rangers, and a 3-1 win against Dundee United.

Rowles has reportedly been nursing a minor toe injury that has seen him been an unused substitute in his last two matches.

This included a 2-0 win over Hamilton in the Scottish Cup, and a 2-0 defeat to Motherwell in the league.

Rowles is fighting to be fully fit this weekend as his side take on St. Johnstone on Sunday Morning AEDT.

Garang Kuol

Since making his SPFL debut for Hearts in January, Garang Kuol has played five matches for his new side. 

Three of these came in February, with Kuol starting in the teams 3-0 loss to Rangers, playing 45 minutes in the midfield.

The youngster has played well in limited minutes, coming off the bench in his two further February appearances.

Hearts currently sit third in the Scottish Premiership, five points ahead of Hibernian in fourth.

His side face off against St. Johnstone on Sunday morning, with kick off scheduled for 2am. 

Mitchell Duke

Duke played his first game of the J2 League season just a few weeks ago, with the competition kicking off in mid February.

His side began the season with a nil-all draw against Vegalta Sendai, with Duke playing 90 minutes as a centre forward.

A 2-0 win against Thespaku Gunma followed, with the striker again playing the full 90 minutes, as Machida Zelda sit in fourth place.

Their next match is away to Kanazawa on Sunday March 5th, with kick off scheduled for 4pm AEDT.