Mariners players Storm Roux and Yaren Sozer have committed their future to the Central Coast Mariners with a one-year extension that will see them remain on the Coast for the upcoming Isuzu UTE A-League season.
The Kiwi right-back Storm Roux re-joined the Mariners after previously playing for the club from 2013 through to 2018 when he then joined Melbourne Victory for three seasons. Joining up with the club that gave him his first start in the A-League, Roux made 18 appearances last season and scored the club’s first goal in a finals match since Bernie Ibini-Isei in 2014 also against Adelaide United.
Goalkeeper Yaren Sozer joined the Mariners last season from Malaysia and made a positive impact on the squad since arriving. Sozer made his Mariners debut when Mark Birighitti received a red card in the FFA Cup Round of 16 match against Wollongong Wolves and despite conceding a penalty, made a few key saves to ensure progression to the next round.
Storm Roux spoke about his delight in staying on the Coast for another year.
“I am really settled here on the Coast and I am very pleased to sign an extension on my time with this great club.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my football here under Monty [Nick Montgomery] & Serg [Sergio Raimundo – Assistant Coach] and I look forward to making more appearances this season” Roux added.
Yaren Sozer was frustrated with the injury he sustained and looked to increase his playing minutes.
“I really enjoyed my time last season with the Mariners. We had a successful year, but on a personal note it was unfortunate with the injury I picked up.
“I’m back to full fitness now and I’ve worked incredibly hard. I think you build a lot of resilience from a setback, and it’s the comeback that defines you, so I’m looking forward to that next opportunity” Sozer added.
“I am really enjoying my time on the Coast. I feel like we are building a really strong culture and comradery within the club and I believe with the support of the fans, this upcoming season can be exciting and successful for everyone.”
Head Coach Nick Montgomery spoke about his delight in having both boys back this year.
“Both Yaren and Storm were paramount to our success last season on and off the pitch. Yaren was very unlucky with an unfortunate injury but his attitude and desire to recover whilst all the time supporting the team speaks volumes for his character and potential to become a good goal-keeper.
“Most importantly, they both understand the culture and values of the club and we are delighted they have extended for this season.”
Mariners Head of Football Ken Schembri highlighted the importance of Storm and Yaren to the greater squad.
“Storm and Yaren are both experienced players that provide our squad with the necessary balance and depth to ensure we have a competitive squad. Both boys understand and support our strong team culture.
“We look forward to both players significantly contributing next season” Schembri concluded.
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