We continue to closely follow with pride the many players who came through the Central Coast Mariners Academy and our youth squads and who have gone on to play for overseas clubs all over the world in our Mariners around the World series.
Mat Ryan – Brighton & Hove Albion
After the highs of December, Mat Ryan’s Brighton side has dropped off the pace a little in the English Premier League, now sitting in 15th spot. Losses to Bournemouth and Everton and with Aston Villa and Chelsea created a meagre month, with Ryan remaining Brighton’s no 1 keeper. Ryan was also lauded for his fundraising efforts across January making big contributions to Australian communities to assist in recovery from the devastating bushfires.
Earlier in February, Ryan reached a significant milestone as he ran out for his 100th appearance as Brighton earned an important point in a 1-1 draw with Watford thanks to a late goal.
Here’s my choice of my top 10 saves in my 100 appearances for the club. Good fun and great memories. Thanks to everyone for the continued support ?⚪️ https://t.co/XAhtrcsAwQ
— Maty Ryan (@MatyRyan) February 11, 2020
Tom Rogic – Celtic
Tom Rogic’s season has been hampered by injuries. However Tom is now back in the Celtic first team . He played an important role in Celtic’s win over Partick Thistle in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup during January by creating Celtic’s first goal. A darting run from Rogic helped setup the Celtic opener in the first half, before he laid the ball off for Callum McGregor 12 minutes from time to secure progression. He was replaced by fellow Aussie Daniel Arzani who is also returning to action from injury in the final minutes of the game.
Oliver Bozanic – Hearts
Hearts were big winners in their Scottish cup tie, running our 5-0 winners against Airdrieonians, with Bozanic subbed on late in the first half. In the Scottish Premiership Hearts ,who are fighting to avoid relegation picked up points with a goalless draw with Ross County and a 3-3 draw with St Johnstone before creating a major upset when they defeated Rangers 2-1 in late January with Bozanic coming in off the bench.
Danny Vukovic – KRC Genk
Danny Vukovic’s rehab from a serious Achiles heal injury continues to progress, with the former Mariners goalkeeper keeping fans across his workouts on social media with Danny working hard and hoping to be back in action in the second half of the season.
First time doing these exercises on a flat surface. Making small steps to get back on the field! Feeling better everyday. Nice little ball to the face at the end. ? pic.twitter.com/DAyamboGco
— Danny Vukovic (@vuka20) January 18, 2020
Joey Jevtic & Jake Jovanovski
Joey Jevtic and Jake Jovanovski continue to progress and settle in well at OFK Belgrade in Serbia – you can read all about their first couple of weeks by clicking here.
Since joining Pegasus FC in the Hong Kong Premier League, Michael Glassock has been a regular in the first team. In January Michael started both games as his team beat Eastern Sports Club 2-1 before losing 3-0 to third placed Kitchee.