Mariners name Spaniard as new skipper

Central Coast Mariners have announced 32-year-old Spanish defender Alan Baró as the club's new captain ahead of the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 Season.

Baro was unveiled as the new skipper at the Mariners’ annual Family Day to a sea of the club's fans.

Baró was presented the captain’s armband by last season’s skipper and the Mariners’ Head of Football & Elite Performance Nick Montgomery

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“I am grateful and so happy that Paolo has the confidence in me to give me this job,” Baró said.

“I want to help improve the team in every way possible both on and off the pitch.

“For me, this is a great announcement and I couldn’t be happier to accept this opportunity.

“I accept that I now have more responsibility as the team’s captain and I think that I am in a great position to take this on.

"We have a great culture here at the Mariners, so I need to ensure that remains and I do everything I can to mentor the younger players in the squad.

“With my experience, I can help the younger players in the squad – I am there for everyone who needs my help or just a different point of view of their job in the team."