Central Coast Mariners have confirmed the signing of impressive right-back Matthew Millar for the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 Season.
Millar earned a professional deal following a successful trial with the Gosford club.
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The 21-year-old inked a one-year deal after impressing coach Mike Mulvey from more than 50 players from the NPL who trialled at the Mariners.
Millar has played in the Hyundai A-League before, having made four appearances with Melbourne City in the 2015/16 Season.
He was most recently on the books of Victorian NPL side South Melbourne.
He was part of the Mariners side who played against Adamstown Rosebud on Tuesday night, scoring in the 6-0 win to help clinch a Hyundai A-League shot with the club.
“Any young kid who plays football dreams of this moment – it’s an exciting time and hopefully it’s just the start,” Millar said.
“Mike Mulvey has been great, he has given plenty of NPL players the opportunity to trial – I’ve been here for a few months now and I’m really motivated to reward him with my performances.
“One thing Mulvey expects from this team is hard work and you get a real sense of that on the training track this pre-season.
“This is a really family oriented club and the boys have welcomed me in with open arms. It’s been an easy place to settle in, we all want to build a strong community spirit around the club and can’t wait for the season to start.".
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Millar is just one of the many NPL players who have trialled with the Mariners during pre-season and Mulvey praised his new recruit for his work ethic during the trial process.
“During the pre-season, we have looked at dozens of players from the NPL around Australia,” Mulvey said.
“Matt was recommended from South Melbourne and from the day he came in you could sense the determination to make this time count.
“The adaptation to full-time training where the intensity is a little higher is difficult against players who have done this for a living for a while. Matt has coped with this and we are happy that he has agreed to join us.
“Now the rest is up to him."