A-League Fantasy preview: Central Coast Mariners

While the Mariners may not have bolstered their squad as well as most other Hyundai A-League clubs, we should know by now never to write off this club.

A positive for coach Phil Moss has managed to keep the core of the side together and they should again prove hard to beat.

The main question hangs over whether they can get the best out of recruits like Malick Mane and Richard Vernes and whether the likes of Mitchell Duke, Nick Fitzgerald and Isaka Cernak can start consistently living up to their undoubted talent.

Player price list

Reddy

G

$320,000

Kim Seung-Yong

M

$290,000

Roux

D

$290,000

Anderson

D

$275,000

Rose

D

$270,000

Fitzgerald

F

$217,000

Bosnar

D

$180,000

Duke

F

$180,000

Trifiro

M

$178,000

Caceres

M

$164,000

Vernes

M

$160,000

Mane

F

$148,000

Simon

F

$133,000

Griffiths

D

$128,000

Montgomery

M

$118,000

Hutchinson

M

$116,000

Cernak

M

$91,000

Irmako

G

$91,000

Kalik

M

$91,000

Morton

D

$91,000

Nash

G

$91,000

Neill

D

$91,000

Rose

M

$91,000

Sim

D

$91,000

Slater

M

$91,000

     

Star Man:

Eddy Bosnar ($180,000)

The key to putting together a good fantasy side is finding a defender whose side won’t concede a lot of goals but who also has the knack of getting on the scoresheet at the other end as well.

The Mariners are among the best organized and structured sides in the competition while Bosnar’s size and leap means he can get on the end of set-pieces. Not to mention his rocket of a left-foot from free-kicks anywhere within range of the oppositions goal.

 Bargain Buy:

Anthony Kalik ($91,000)

The youngster might not be known to A-League fans just yet but Moss has huge wraps on him and he could get plenty of game time in that No.10 role. At less than $100,000, Kalik offers some good value, especially if he can translate his pre-season from into competitive action.

Likely starting XI: (4-2-3-1)

Liam Reddy (GK), Storm Roux, Zac Anderson, Eddie Bosnar, Josh Rose, Nick Montgomery, John Hutchinson, Kim Seung-Yong, Richard Vernes, Nick Fitzgerald, Malick Mane

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