McKinna to change shape

Central Coast coach Lawrie McKinna is considering changing shape for the Mariners crucial A-League showdown against Queensland at Gosford on Saturday night.

Central Coast coach Lawrie McKinna is considering changing shape for the Mariners crucial A-League showdown against Queensland at Gosford on Saturday night.

With star midfielder Mile Jedinak now in Turkey, McKinna has opted against trying to replace the star in the short term.

He is no rush to sign a replacement for Jedinak, opting to look at existing options in his squad.

"Losing a player as good as Mile at this stage of the season is not ideal but we've got to move on and get on with things," McKinna said.

"He's very tough to replace so I'm leaning towards changing things around a bit. We've got plenty of options in the squad so I'm confident we can get the job done against Queensland. I've looked at a few different things at training this week."

Jedinak was not only one of the competition's best defensive midfielders but also provided the Mariners with a goalscoring threat from the centre of the park.

John Hutchinson is one option to play a similar role for the Mariners, while Nigel Boogaard is another possibility for the Queensland match.

"Our squad is looking pretty good at the moment," McKinna said.

"We've had a lot of guys coming back from injury which gives us plenty of options which is great for this time of the season."

The Mariners had to fight hard for three points when Perth travelled to Gosford on New Years' Eve. Hutchinson fired the Mariners to victory with a spectacular late strike and will be hoping for another big game.

The Mariners are in third place, just ahead of fourth-placed Queensland.