The Central Coast Mariners has announced the re-signing of local product Trent Buhagiar until the end of the 2016/17 Hyundai A-League season.
Central Coast Mariners CEO Shaun Mielekamp announced the contract extension of Buhagiar at the 2016 Brightfield #MarinersMedal in front of a 300 strong crowd at Crowne Plaza Terrigal on Friday evening.
After signing his maiden Hyundai A-League contract in the 2016 January transfer window, the flying winger went on to make five appearances in Australia’s top flight.
The Umina Eagles junior developed his game at Kariong’s International Football School and is currently plying his trade with the Central Coast Mariners Academy during the Hyundai A-League off-season.
“This is a great achievement for me as a player but I still have a lot of improvement to do and this is going to help a lot,” Buhagiar said. “Training full time has been great, the boys have been great to me and as a player I’ve improved a lot.
“Monty [Nick Montgomery] is always giving me tips on the pitch, telling me what I can work on and what I can do better so I would have to say that he has been a great mentor,” Buhagiar said.
Buhagiar is managing to balance studies with football and hopes to have a greater impact on the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season.
“This season I would like to get myself into a position to be starting games, get more minutes than last season and score a couple of goals if I can," Buhagiar said.
“I’ve got some exams this week so it’s great that they have fallen outside of the season but during the season I have to manage training in the morning and school in the afternoon which is going OK.
“I would also like to thank Paul Chapman and the International Football School, I’ve been there almost four years now and being able to get on the ball everyday helps a lot. They have invested a lot into me and hopefully I can repay that,” Buhagiar said.